Before Cold-Brew, There Was Just Kopi. Here’s The Last Of Kopitiams.


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Dark and rich kopi. Perfectly toasted slices of kaya bread. Springy noodles served dry or in soup. To Singaporeans, that is the classic kopitiam experience.

Casual, simple, easy.

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But the life behind these traditional coffee shops is an unforgiving one.

On your feet 12 hours daily, 365 days a year, you’d be signing over your life to take on the task. And the cast of this documentary proves it, each of the kopitiam owners boasting over 30 years behind the counter.

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They worked to earn money so their children could have a better life. So what happens should their kids choose a different path?

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Against the skyscrapers that tower Singapore’s skyline with a plethora of Michelin star restaurants, hipster cafes and international food chains, does the unassuming and generations-old kopitiam have a future?

Watch ‘Simi Kopitiam’ by June Cheong (Singapore) on Viddsee:

This project is funded by iRememberSG, as part of Singapore Memory Project for SG50.

Next, watch Provision Shop: After 50 years of service, this provision shop will be history.

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