I have written and waxed lyrical about the double ristretto at Papa Palheta...especially when one of the senior baristas are in charge of the machine...they are still my reference standard for Singapore...rich, heavy, viscous mouthfeel, magnificent nose, beautiful tasting. And great after taste. Even with the reportly a bit pedestrian Terra Firma blend, this is a magnificent espresso.
Loysel's Toy is another venture by the same folks who own Papa's. And they operate this cafe like a real cafe...not a roastery, where you get free samples of the coffee, and encouraged to tip for your cup. Situated in a kinda of hideaway in Kampong Bugis...not friendly for those who depend on public transport...and even for those of us who drive...parking is in a small URA carpark, some 150m away. Anyway, nitpicking...
They have a beautiful Probat roaster right inside the premises...
I had the double ristretto...
Very good...but not quite as good as the few tens I had drunk at Papa's...lacks the deep viscousity and mouthfeel. Lacks the slight sweetness that accompanies the mild bitterness of a nicely extracted espresso.
The picolo latte's artwork is worth while...nice, defined.
Tastewise, quite superb, but as I have mentioned before, milk tends to dull the espresso experience...and a good leveller.
As this is the place to just laze around with some good friends...kind of like having an open house...I arrived at about 2pm with some Swiss friends...but one of my buddies was already there, and have had his first cup. A bit later, another friend dropped by...had his caffeine fix, and then this fellow's owner came in...
Click for large picture of an high end watch made by an independent watchmaker.
Then another fellow came by...all in, I was there for about 4 hours...one double ristretto, one picolo latte...and at nearly 6pm, I had a pot of nice Earl Grey...
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