When you’re a dairy fan hearing the words “Hokkaido” and “milk” being used in the same sentence, you know you’re in for a good time. Hokkaido-based Baristart Coffee has been operating at its Tras Street outpost with much popularity since opening in 2019.
Since its start as a coffee stand in downtown Sapporo in 2015, Baristart Coffee has found success overseas, with not one, but two branches in Singapore. Its Tras Street premises are often busy, with customers flocking for a taste of its coffees, milk-based desserts.
The space itself is rather cozy, with intimate lighting and a wall of flora for diners to snap their pictures against. It was brimming with customers when I visited on a late Saturday afternoon.
If you’re wondering why Baristart Coffee’s desserts are well-bodied and silky smooth, it’s thanks to the Brown Jersey BIEI milk that the cafe uses in almost all its food and drinks. This premium milk is supposedly a rarity even in Japan, where Brown Jersey cows make up 1% of the local cow population. So, you’re definitely in for something special.
The Softcream Cone ($7++) is to die for, with coffee and milk-based flavours melting in your mouth. I love how well the flavours blend together without overpowering the other. It reminds me of the mixed cones McDonald’s used to sell, only richer and better. Despite all that richness and creaminess, though, it’s not too heavy on the tummy, so go ahead and indulge in that extra dessert!
The ultra-cute Shiro Kuma ($9.80++) has made its rounds not only for its cuteness, but also how refreshing it is. This shaved ice dessert is made to resemble a teddy bear complete with biscuits for ears and an adorable face. Choose from sauces like coffee, Hokkaido BIEI Jersey milk, strawberry, mango, and green tea to douse the shaved ice with.
The Cream Puff ($7++) is a takeaway-friendly option you can enjoy either for breakfast or afternoon tea. Bite into the thin puff pastry and savour the molten, liquid-like milk custard within. At $7, it’s certainly one of the more expensive cream puffs around. But look at the size of it!
Aside from desserts and coffees, Baristart Coffee Singapore also churns out beautiful brunch dishes. Check them out if you’re in the Tanjong Pagar area but, be prepared to wait!