THE SINGAPORE COFFEE ASSOCIATION
The Singapore Coffee Association (SCA) was established in the late 1950s by a group of pioneering coffee traders.
During the ensuing years, coffee trade developed rapidly due to the enterprise and hard work of the traders. Singapore gained recognition as one of the coffee centres of the world.
Today, as a result of the transformation, Singapore Coffee Association’s membership represents all sectors of the coffee industry, from green coffee supply chain providers, international and national roasters to well-known coffee retailers.
SINGAPORE COFFEE TRADITIONAL HERITAGE
Enjoyed by Singaporeans since the early 20th century, Singapore Coffee or 'Kopi' as it is affectionately named, has been the drink of choice for coffee lovers looking for their daily caffeine fix. Found in almost every coffee shop and hawker center, 'Kopi' accounts for more than 70% of coffee consumed locally.
The roasting process that creates this coffee is a unique and traditional one. Indonesia EK-1 Coffee Beans are roasted in customized roasting drums at a temperature of just over 180°C for 25 minutes before it is coated in a pot of caramelized raw sugar. Believed to be a variation of the Torrefacto roasting method still common in Argentina, Costa Rica, France, Portugal and Spain, this process is a local practice which gives local coffee its unique taste that many Singaporeans have become so familiar with.
The adaptation of this process by our forefathers in the late 1800s compensates for the weight loss due to moisture displacement during the roasting process and has helped lower the price of coffee to be accessible to both ordinary laborers and wealthy merchants alike. The result is a coffee that is very dark in color and very strong in aftertaste. Over time, it has become part of our national heritage and in recent years, a host of retail local coffee chains have popped up in retail spaces that are usually reserved for international coffee chains.
In local terms, White Coffee refers to regular coffee instead of coffee with cream, commonly known by the rest of the world. 'Kopi', naturally means the local coffee that is roasted using the Torrefacto method.