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Sunday, December 22, 2013

d' Good Cafe: A Brand New Coffee Experience - Blend & Brew the way you like it

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Before this visit and invitation by d' Good Cafe,  I've already been hearing raves about this cafe tucked away in Holland Village. And now that I've visited it and tried what their menu has to offer, d' Good Cafe is now one of my top favourite cafes in Singapore.

About the cafe

They're called d' Good Cafe because they want to offer customers everything good - from a good cup of coffee to good service, food and ambience. If you're dissatisfied with your cup of coffee, you could request for a change and they would gladly brew you a new cup.

This 95-seater cafe features a laidback yet chic interior with two levels in four different settings - The Bar, The Lawn, The Attic and The Balcony.

The Bar is where coffee enthusiasts can sit and chat with their baristas. The Lawn gives visitors a relaxing place to chill while The Attic allows customers to shift the tables and chairs around to suit their party size; it's also child-friendly with high chairs, rocking horses, bean bags and super cuddly teddy bears. The Balcony is a charming sitting area for those who prefer to go alfresco.

P.S: Both The Attic and The Balcony are available for rent for private and corporate events.

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I love bikes and I love flowers. So I really like this bike adorned with those cheery-looking flowers by The Bar. So very pretty!

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Left: Hazelnut Caramel Latte (mine)
Right: Flat White (my plus one - my BFF)

My best friend and I have known each other since we were 13. And we are also the perfect example of opposites attract lol. But of course, we do have some things in common, like our wanderlust desires, music tastes (kinda!) and some design styles (like the Moroccan design aesthetics)

And back to the point of opposites attract, I obviously like my coffee mild and sweet haha, while she likes it strong and as original as possible.
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Earl-Lavender Tea Latte
I'm a huge fan of Earl Grey, so I was quite excited at trying this concoction for it's not something you see very often, if at all! However, as someone who is NOT a fan of milk, I found that this had too strong a milk taste for my liking. But if you like milk (the rich, dairy taste), then you'll like this.

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Mushroom Quiche
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And the Dutch Ice Drip which was most interesting! It's like coffee and wine together. You can really taste and smell both. This was of course too strong for me la, but not for my BFF. She loves it. So if you love your coffee strong, this is a must-try!

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Earl-Berry Cooler
Oooh I love this! Very refreshing and not too sweet on the taste buds.

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Fresh Sea Prawn Aglio Olio

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Fresh Sea Prawn Arrabiata

I LOVE BOTH PASTAS. Really, the pastas are perfect - texture of the noodles aren't too soft and neither too hard, prawns are very sweet and fresh and both dishes definitely tantalises the taste buds! It's like a delightful explosion of flavours in your mouth. If you prefer something with a wetter consistency, go for the Arrabiata, if not go for the Aglio Olio!

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I love the swings which literally allows you to watch the day go by while you chill with a good cup of coffee (or other drinks), food and amazing cakes (the cakessss!!).

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Brought my Nikon F3 along with me that day! It was a gift from the boyfriend because I told him I wanted to try my hands at film photography, something I've been wanting to try for awhile now but didn't have the time to really get down to it. To me, digital photography can never replace film photography. I love film! Will be sharing with you two shots from that day using the film camera in the later part of this post hehe.

Okay THE CAKES!
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d' Good Triplet Cheesecake

If you were wondering, the triplet includes oreo, chocolate and cheese. You can't go wrong with oreo, chocolate and cheese. Delightfully sinful.

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d' Good Forest Berries Cheesecake

Made from blending cheese with cranberries and topped with fresh blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and blackberries. I love fruits, which extends to fruity stuff. This cake was the perfect combination between the luxurious texture of the cheesecake and the fruity, refreshing berry taste cos you know sometimes a cheesecake can be quite heavy on the taste buds.

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d' Good Maple Sea Salt Cheesecake

They're the first to create this and boy am I glad they did! This was sublime!! Goodness me, I had the first bite before my BFF and you should have seen my reaction/expression. She did and immediately went for a bite. Just WHOA, you HAVE to try it cos trying to describe this cake with words would do it injustice.

All three cakes were amazing, we loved all of them. But if we had to choose our favourite, it would be the Maple Sea Salt Cheesecake.

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And check out the Jumbo Frappe which is 3 litres huge!

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Against my hand. It's ginormous man hahaha. It's only for birthdays though, and it has to be on the actual day. Customers will need to show their ID and they only need to pay the price of a large frappe to get the Jumbo Frappe.

And we got to try the custom blend coffee! After all, the best cup of coffee is one that is exactly the way you like it. Did you know that d' Good Cafe sources their own coffee beans from around the world and roast them daily at the cafe?

We were asked to fill in the customer's preference survey before proceeding with the cupping and the blend & brew. Cupping involves determining the type of beans that will be used for blending. According to the preferences you've indicated in your survey, the barista will chose 3 suitable single origin beans which you will be asked to smell and taste.

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Then when you've decided which beans you like most (or not like at all), the barista will adjust accordingly (like the percentage of each type of bean in your custom blend) and then he/she can start the brewing process!

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Here's my cup of custom blend coffee.

And my BFF with hers.
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Again, both our custom blend coffees were complete opposites lol. After trying hers, mine just tasted bland. Cos like I mentioned before, she likes hers strong while I like mine mild.

You also get to name your own blend so we named ours Butty 1.0 (mine) and Butty 4.0 (hers) hahaha. Butty is actually the name we call each other, there's a story on how that name came about but I'm not gonna go into that. 1.0 cos mine is like the weaker version while hers in the stronger one, and hence, 4.0 lol.

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I ordered a cup of Earl Grey tea after as well, and I love that their sugar comes in a stick form instead of the usual sachets.

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The stairway to access The Attic and The Balcony. This instalment is adorable.

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And here's The Balcony! Gotta love fairylights.

And here's the 2 shots I took using my film camera. No editing done at all!
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Favourite shot out of the entire roll. Such sexy depth of field.

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Would like to thank d' Good Cafe and Street Directory Singapore for the invitation. I had the most lovely time. :)

d' Good Cafe is located at 273 Holland Avenue #02-01/02 Singapore 278992

Tel: 6219 9807

Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday - 10am to 10pm
Friday & Saturday - 10am to 11pm

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