Selfie Coffee

Selfie Coffee

Category : Food

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A long time ago, Haji Lane in Singapore was lined with hostels, where pilgrims would gather before embarking in their hajj. It was right beside the harbour then, but land reclamation and air travel have put an end to that business.

For a while, Haji Lane was just a back alley, home to dustbins and graffiti, but it has since been transformed into a hipster hangout crammed with quirky cafes, bars and boutiques. And coffee shops…

This is where I came across Selfie Coffee, whose name sums up the major reason for dropping by. Using some miracle of modern technology, the friendly staff will loan you a phone loaded with their special app, point you at a table of props, then print the resulting circular snap onto the top of your coffee.

There’s a machine in the kitchen that uses coloured, vegetable oil based, inks, which are perfectly edible in the same way as the food dyes used to print pictures onto birthday cakes. Here, the picture goes onto the thick layer of cream which tops your drink, so the colder the drink, the longer the picture lasts. (Obviously, if you choose a hot mocha, it is going to melt pretty fast)

The menu lists a huge range of possible beverages, with flavours from berry and banana to hazelnut and salted caramel. Prices go from S$7.50 to 8.90 – which is what I paid for my dark chocolate frappé.

It’s a little strange drinking a picture of yourself, but with careful positioning of the straw you can make it last until the bottom of the cup. Of course by then, your face will have crumpled somewhat, but never mind.

This was delightfully silly and I enjoyed the experience immensely.