Established in 2013, Brawn & Brains Coffee is a local coffee roaster, bakery, café, wholesaler and retailer, based in Singapore. We endeavour to be one of Singapore’s leading cafés, dedicated to sourcing and roasting high-quality coffee with the primary focus of making good coffee easy to brew, easy to appreciate, and accessible to all. To achieve this, we roast our coffee very carefully in small batches, with the focus of bringing out the best flavours and characteristics of every coffee in each cup. We strongly believe that this is the best way to run our business, and that our customers and partners deserve only the best and freshest coffee.
Brawn and Brains Coffee Singapore began its journey in 2013 located in the historical Singapore Badminton Hall along 100 Guillemard Road. The business was founded by Xavier and Gwen with the vision to be one of Singapore’s leading and established coffee roasters to provide high quality coffee and excellent customer service experience to local and international consumers alike, with a strong and trustworthy reputation.
We began with a small coffee shop of less than 500 square feet, aiming to provide freshly roasted coffee, pastries, and sandwiches that is easily accessible to customers from all walks of life. In late 2014, we were fortunate to expand and move to larger space within the same building, which became our flagship store. 2017 saw Brawn & Brains Coffee take part in the Singapore Coffee Festival, where we presented hand-brewed filter coffee and coffee beer produced for us by our friends at Rye & Pint Brewery. In 2018, we relocated and built our coffee roastery in Mandai to be certified and registered with Singapore Food Agency (SFA) as a licensed wholesale distributor for roasted coffee beans, where we achieved success by winning the Bronze award at the Australian International Coffee Awards in 2019, followed by a Silver in 2020.
In 2022, our flagship store at Guillemard closed temporarily while the Old Badminton Hall underwent upgrading works. We opened our second café at 16 Hamilton Road, in addition to our other stores at 218 East Coast Road and BB Bakery at 673 Geylang Road. Till date, we are proud to see all our locations reflect the hallmark of Brawn & Brains Coffee Roaster's brand - Great coffee, good food, and excellent service, where friends and family gather to celebrate and be merry.
We strongly believe in continuous learning and improvement, and in giving back to our friends, customers, and the communities who have supported us over the years. Your continued support is what drives us at Brawn & Brains Coffee to grow as a team, always strive above mediocrity while staying true to our roots.
Coffee StoryWe are grateful to have the opportunity to build relationships with farm owners from Central America, which enables us to directly trade with them. This allows for direct contact and collaboration between us, the coffee roasters, the farm owners and their team at origin. We are able to discuss topics such as harvesting and various processing methods. These also provide us with "insider knowledge" about the real issues that the farms are facing, such as labor, climate change and supply chain issues. We use this information to bring the coffees from origin to Singapore with greater care and to showcase the best of each coffee to our local community and coffee lovers worldwide.
We are devoted to providing our clients with the best possible coffee quality, thus we are also privileged to establish connections with a few local green coffee distributors who are knowledgeable and experienced in sourcing beans from a variety of regions. This helps us to trace each coffee back to its source and to make sure that the green coffee we use is of the highest quality.
Our approach to roasting combines technical proficiency and sensory evaluation with the aim of creating a well-balanced, flavourful cup that brings out the best of each coffee from different origins and varietals.