Hawker Stall Boasts Ex-Providore Café & Starbucks Baristas Pulling $1.50 Kopi From Espresso Machine
Generation Coffee Roasters’ new outlet in Bedok also serves good affordable cafe-style drinks like single-origin espressos and lattes from $2.60.
In 2020, Zender Wong (pictured left), 33, and Kenneth Lim, 34, traded in the stability and comfort of their air force engineer jobs to pursue something entirely different – serving local kopi and ‘atas’ espresso-based drinks in a hawker centre.
“Both of us didn’t see ourselves staying in the air force in the long run. I worked there for nine years and Kenneth was there for five years. It was the first job I had. Even though it was a stable career, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. Kenneth wanted to move on and try something new too,” says Zender to 8days.sg.
The former colleagues launched Generation Coffee Roasters, a hybrid stall that serves both local kopi and Western espresso-based drinks, at Tekka Centre in December 2020. “It took a while to gain traction as the concept [of offering both local kopi and specialty coffees] was new back then. We’re fortunate that a lot of uncles and aunties supported us – about half of our customers at Tekka are older folks.” The duo opened their second outlet at Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre last December, where we met Zender. Kenneth helms the Tekka stall daily and was not present during our photo shoot.
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