Lifestyle: Common Man Coffee Roasters

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(All photos by Wedding & Travel)

Coffee aficionados have reason to rejoice with the arrival of Common Man Coffee Roasters. Created by the same team — Harry Grover and the Spa Esprit Group — behind the popular  40 Hands Coffee at Tiong Bahru, Common Man is not content with just serving quality coffee. Instead, the store’s Martin Road outlet is a coffee roaster, specialty coffee bar, 60-seater restaurant that offers all-day dining, and retail space with coffee accessories on sale, all rolled into one.

The unique experience that Common Man seeks to provide to its consumers is clear from the get-go. All visitors are greeted by two imposing statues at the store’s entrance, a rather unconventional interior design choice by local standards, may we say. Upon stepping in, it is a refreshing change that Common Man provides good table service, from showing you to your designated seat, to taking orders — something that you don’t get often in other cafes. The spacious interiors also feature well demarcated zones for different users — those who are here to sample the bistro menu will appreciate the well crafted furniture that are of the Scandinavian aesthetics; single visitors with a laptop looking to finish up some undone work will be delighted with the generous number of counter seats (and with comfortable chairs!); last but not least, there are also a small number of tables for groups of friends.

Common Man’s bold take is not restricted to its design. The coffee roaster seeks to “experiment with different coffee flavour profiles, all in the name of helping customers open up their palates to other exciting possibilities”. What this translated to for us, was quite a wild cuppa that was high on acidity. Apart from the usual espresso-based drinks, you can also expect to find other variations of coffee, for example, filter coffee here. No worries if you’re not quite the coffee specialist — it is a joy simply to observe the baristas going about their work at almost clockwork precision on the bar! The wait staff are also on hand to answer any queries you might have.

Our visit on a weekday afternoon was a pleasant experience as the place was only half-filled, but don’t count on that, because we know that there is no hiding good coffee places from Singaporeans. With the quality experience over here, we bet everyone’ll be checking in to Common Man pretty soon.

Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road, #01-00
Singapore 239058