Even though Julia and I have been jet setting (more like couch surfing) around for the last 3 months, I have had a couple of prospects in the pipeline that are now seeing fruition. I have an 8 week contract job based in Singapore for Toby’s Estate Coffee of Australia. This is to help set up or at least over see the initial stages of construction of their cafe/ roastery.

For those who don’t know Toby’s Estate Coffee here is a brief history. Toby Smith the proprietor open his first cafe/ roastery in Woolloomooloo, Sydney back in 1998. In the days before “Direct Trade” was in vogue, Toby was on the ground at origin sourcing his own coffees and just making it happen. Toby’s company is extremely proactive in the coffee community at home in Oz and was involved in the very first standards committees that helped pave the way for the Australian coffee industry at large.

Come 2011 Toby’s is going through some exciting expansion as the company has roasting facilities in Sydney and Melbourne and is in construction phases in Perth, Brisbane, Singapore and has more projects in the pipeline as well.

I have been a fan of Toby’s for a long time now and I am looking forward to working closely  with him over the next few months. I hope to bring my blog up to speed and keep everyone abreast of Singapore’s operations, that and my quest to find some stunning ales (I can only hope).

Travelers, if you have any tips for Julia and I to do whilst we are there, by all means leave a comment I’d love to hear from you.


  1. congratulations on the contract with Toby’s and have a great time in Singapore! Must do for me is the hawkers east coast food centre and Red House seafood restaurant. Making me hungry just thinking about it!

    • Cool mate, will check it out!

  2. I can’t help you with Singapore but I so dig the photo on your banner. Have fun there. Almost have the 22 fully hooked up.

    • Wow that was quick (for me) though it may not have been for you. Send out a photo when you turn it on!

  3. wow, this is really good news for coffee lovers in singapore! can’t wait to talk about coffee with you over a coffee…drop by papa palheta if you are around the area 🙂

    • I will be dropping in for sure, my good friends Chris and M’lissa Owens have told me great things.

  4. I just moved out of Singapore after being there for a year, and the only serious coffee shops/roasters I know of are:
    Papapalheta http://www.papapalheta.com/


    Highlander Coffee http://www.highlandercoffee.com/

  5. Cool..can’t wait for Toby’s to open in Singapore. More coffee scenes here! =)

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