Weirdest Coffee Bean Facts That You Need To Know

Coffee, arguably the world’s most consumed beverage. In the last 20 years, there has been a major shift in the coffee culture across continents. Countless coffee joints have started popping up to cater to the increasing demand. Apart from the usual Americano and Java Chip Frappes, how much do people actually know about the source of all these caffeinated wonders? In the grande scheme of things, it’s probably time to have the first crack into its origins, the most interesting and the downright grossest coffee beans trivia that one needs to know.

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Expensive Piece of Bean

Starting off with the most expensive, coffee drinkers may be familiar with this cash wrenching cuppa – the kopi luwak. At about $35 – $100 per cup, it is produced from coffee beans found in the byproduct of the Indonesian Civet cats. During the digestive process, the beans are processed by the enzymes in the Civet’s intestines, making it less acidic, less bitter and ironically, with a better aroma.

Shrivelled Up

Excavating the oldest coffee bean in the world probably bring you back to the time you first taste coffee and how much it would change the course of your waking life. This discovery pushed the origins of coffee back to the early 12th century. This changed what we thought we knew about coffee, that these beans might have already been a staple trading commodity 250 years before it was spread to the Middle East. The tiny magic bean was unearthed in the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, near Dubai.

Monkey Business

With a recurring obsession with animals being a part of the coffee preparation process, it comes to little surprise when the Taiwanese produced the monkey spit coffee. Farmers would harvest and roast these half chewed seed regurgitated from the Formosan Rock Macaques. For the curious, it reportedly yields a sweet brew, topped with vanilla-scent.

None shall sleep tonight

Aptly named the Death Wish Coffee, a serving of these Robusta coffee beans hold up to 651mg of caffeine. That is almost 200% more than the average cup of joe. This lethal brew is said to be the strongest coffee in the world, with many caffeine addicts citing that this elixir bestows an endless supply of energy and a feeling that sleep is for the weak.


Coffee beans has been through multiple testing to get to the wide varieties that we grew to love. Whether you like your coffee deathly strong, or prefer to have it processed by animals, before you take a sip of your next cuppa, perhaps take some time to appreciate the weird and wonderful world of the coffee bean.

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Chef Emmanuel Stroobant shares his easy Mac & Cheese Recipe, catch him as he serves up tantalizing dishes at Savour @ Christmas Wonderland this December



Impress your guests this Christmas with Emmanuel Stroobant's Turkey Mac & Cheese, the perfect dish for home parties.

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Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 60g             Flour
  • 50g             Butter
  • 500ml        Milk
  • 500ml        Cream
  • 150g            Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 tsp        Nutmeg, grounded
  • 500g           Macaroni or penne, cooked
  • 400g           Turkey meat, boneless and diced into small cubes
  • 50g              Fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • To taste      Salt
  • To taste      Pepper


  1. Melt butter in a pot on low heat.
  2. Add flour and toss to obtain a paste.
  3. Slowly add the milk and keep stirring until it starts boiling again.
  4. Add cream, nutmeg and season to taste.
  5. Strain over cooked pasta, toss in turkey, parsley and half the gruyere cheese.
  6. You may add in any mushrooms or other vegetables such as green peas, carrots or pumpkin.
  7. Place the pasta in a baking dish.
  8. Cover with remaining cheese and bake at 180°C for 20 minutes.


Recipe by Emmanuel Stroobant, Chef Owner of Saint Pierre which was awarded 1 Michelin star by the second edition of Michelin Guide Singapore in 2017.

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Extreme Coffee Art


Coffee – a booster for focus and inspiration. Some of the most creative minds in the history of humanity dabbled with this liquid amphetamine to push their imagination to the edge of insanity. When coffee and artistry come into play, expect more than just creating art on a white milk foam canvas. Here, we unearth the most unorthodox art using coffee, its essence and its entity.
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I Can’t Believe It’s Not – Gelatine!


Clarissa Kong

One does not simply go to a campfire without marshmallows. And just in case you don't sit well with gelatine, here a great D-I-Y for the gelatine-averse.

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Gelatine sheets or Gelatine powder is mainly made up of collagen found in animal’s skin and bones such as pigs, beef and fish. It acts as a gelling agent and is often used in desserts such as panna cotta, custards and jellies.

Because of the components in gelatine, they are not suitable for vegetarians and vegans. But fear not, here’s one alternative that can produce the same tasty desserts with similar effects!

Agar is the most common vegan alternative for gelatine and it is used frequently in Asian desserts such as ‘kuehs’ (traditional Southeast Asian cakes) and fruit jellies.  They are extracted from a particular seaweed and comes in either flakes, powder or dried sheets like gelatine.

Besides the same use as gelatine, agar agar aids in digestion and are commonly used in fitness diets as it contains high content of fibre.

Talk about eating without having to feel guilty! Here is our fluffy strawberry marshmallow recipe using agar powder:


12.5g agar powder

90ml strawberry puree

150g sugar

90g water

150g glucose


Powder Mix

500g corn starch, 500g icing sugar



  1. Bring strawberry puree to a boil and dissolve agar powder. Once agar powder has been incorporated properly into the mixture, place the liquid in a mixing bowl. Use a whisk attachment for this recipe.
  2. Boil glucose, water and sugar together until it reaches 116 degree Celsius. 
  3. Pour sugar syrup in a steady stream into the strawberry puree, with mixer running on low speed. Once all the sugar syrup has been fully incorporated, whisk on high until mixture has cooled down to room temperature or turn very sticky. This process usually takes about 10 -15 minutes.
  4. Prepare the the powder mix. In a flat tray, oil spray the surface and line with parchment paper. Sieve icing sugar and corn flour together onto the tray and make sure they are evenly mixed together.
  5. Transfer marshmallow mix into a piping bag with desired piping tip. We use a basic round tip for our testing. Pipe marshmallow into long ‘logs’ onto the powder mix tray. Make sure that the marshmallow logs are covered evenly with powder mix, including the top. Leave marshmallow to set overnight.
  6. Brush off the excess powder on the marshmallow and cut them into small pieces. Using a sieve, sift out any excess mix from the marshmallows before storing in an airtight container.


We hope you’re all ready to test out this chewy goodness!

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