Get your kicks from a 'coffee fight'
AS A love of coffee blossoms in the hearts of young adults in Macau, a small but growing number of indie cafes have taken root in the island city.
At these cafes, the draw is not the waffles or ice cream, but "specialist" coffee brewed from beans roasted in-house.
The owner of cafe Single Origin, Keith Fong, said the younger generation is getting more curious about coffee, and his goal is to introduce a wider variety of flavours to them.
"Most people think coffee has just one aroma, one taste. But over here, we have about eight to 12 types of beans, depending on the season," said the 32-year-old.
Mr Fong said cafes are common in Macau, but only a handful specialise in coffee, so this was an opportunity he spotted when he started in the industry as a coffee supplier under the brand Blooom in 2010.
"The responses to our coffee beans were positive, so I decided to go further into the local community by opening a cafe," he said.
Since its opening in January 2013, Single Origin has gained a steady flow of regular customers wanting to get a taste of its drip coffee.
Customers are encouraged to experiment at this two-storey cafe, where there is a "coffee fight" set, which consists of three cups of coffee brewed from different beans with varying intensity.
"I feel that the best way to learn about coffee is to do a comparison," said Mr Fong.
"But for first-timers, maybe a simple latte."
He already has plans to add to his thriving coffee business. His next step is to open a cafe specialising in espresso this year.
Other cafes you can check out in Macau - recently listed as one of the top 10 regions to visit this year by Lonely Planet - include Cafe Vinha 3, which serves milk tea and pork chop buns.
Over at Ou Mun Cafe, seen as a more traditional establishment compared to Single Origin, drinks are complemented with a menu of Portuguese dishes.
Opened in 2002, it started as a coffee shop offering latte along with cakes and sandwiches, mainly to cater to the Portuguese community, said owner Jose Alves, 47.
"But over the years, we added main courses to the menu. Now, the cafe is also a place for lunch and dinner, patronised by locals and tourists," he said.
Must-try dishes at Ou Mun Cafe include Francesinha (which means "Little French"), a sandwich with layers of beef, sausage and ham, covered with cheese; and the cafe's egg tarts, traditionally called Pastel De Nata.
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