Tomato coffee and popping boba at Beyond Coffee
There is a new coffee bar at VivoCity, and it’s wild. Beyond Coffee does what it says ─ its concoctions take us beyond our existing ideas of coffee-based drinks and seek to enlighten us with their fruit-based coffees.
Born of the owner’s love for fruity, refreshing coffee drinks, Beyond Coffee’s signatures truly live up to that passion. They’re built from a base of locally-roasted coffee, and layered upon with fresh fruit that’s juiced and blended to order.
Bitter, tart and slightly briny ─ Tomato Tango ($7.50) features a double shot of espresso with muddled cherry tomatoes and lime, topped with a slice of nori and fresh mint. It’s coffee with a difference, for certain. Try it and decide for yourself if it tickles your fancy.
Expect the same sensational flavour profiles from the rest of the beverages. All the acidity in the drink comes from the fruit that is carefully selected to pair with each drink, the flavours heightened with the addition of herbs like burnt rosemary and mint. Go for Something About Mary ($7.50) if the herbaceous smokiness of burnt rosemary with passionfruit and apple intrigues you.
Beyond Coffee is one of the only, if not the only, drinks stores in Singapore that has popping boba. It’s a ticklish sensation that ends with a burst of brown sugar sweetness in the mouth and is an interesting counterpart to the savoury Crack Me Up ($7.50) milkshake. This drink is an ice-cold, milky version of your favourite salted egg zi char dishes, although you may have encountered something similar with salted egg yolk ice cream.
Alternatively, try their less controversial tea-based drinks. Pretty in