What a month it’s been. For starters, the dreaded haze has been slowly drifting back, starting even earlier this year. But we didn’t get it as badly as Malaysia – who also probably could have used a dose of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ after his slot (and the rest of the final day) was cancelled at the Future Music Festival Asia due to several drug-related deaths during the first night.

In comparison, our other concerns this month are perhaps a bit trivial in retrospect: among them, the latest alcohol tax hike – something that certainly didn’t help when Singapore was named the most expensive city in the world. Then again, we’ve always known that booze can be expensive here on our Little Red Dot. I guess that’s the price we pay to enjoy all the quality goods (and drinks) here.

This issue, we’ve taken a look at the local coffee scene – particularly the most popular locally-roasted blends that you can find around town, all of which take quality very seriously. To give you an understanding of what goes into each cuppa, we’ve provided a guide to roasting – and to help ease the sting a bit, we’re giving 15 lucky readers the chance to attend a free cupping class at Common Man Coffee Roasters.

Plus, continuing our seventh anniversary celebrations, we’ll be throwing a party with plenty of booze and good food sometime this month, so keep your eyes posted on our website. Sounds like things might be looking up after all...

Berwin Song,

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