Hawker baker Mad Roaster sells coffee and bread for a cause

My bread-loving editor sent me a screengrab one rainy morning with a very excited text─“LOOK AT THIS WORK OF ART!!!!” The laminated brioche loaf by two-week-old hawker bakers Mad Roaster was, indeed, a sight to behold, with glossy, intricate braided layers. I put in a special order, with extras for my personal stash, and headed to Amoy Street Food Centre to collect my haul.

It’s a little out of place to see these cafe-style bakes and coffees in a food centre, but this allows Madeline, a lawyer by profession, to keep prices low, and for a good cause. All this, while remaining accessible to the CBD crowd. 

The story of Mad Roaster begins with Madeline’s work assisting refugees with their asylum applications in Thailand. It was then that she hatched the idea of providing them with a much-needed source of income in the form of Mad (short for Madeline) Roasters, where the loaves and coffees she makes offer work opportunities for the refugees.

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Each drink sold at Mad Roasters today comes with a sticker designed or coloured by one of the refugees Madeline supports. 

If you work around the area, consider getting your daily cuppa here─it’s much cheaper than your typical cafe or coffee chain, and a part of the proceeds from every cup sold goes to the refugees.

There are six, for now, five of which are coffee (from $2.80). Each cup is made with a blend of beans specifically roasted for Mad Roasters. 

There’s a Honey Butter Latte ($4), a caramelly latte inspired by Madeline’s love for the popular Korean snacks. Otherwise, the Matcha Latte ($4) uses a

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