Forget the cramped cubicles perched high on the 10th floor of a skyscraper, and imagine lines of small two-story houses painted every color of the rainbow shaded by tall slender trees and you’ve conjured yourself a picture of Duxton Hill. Located within close proximity of Tanjong Pagar, this quiet neighborhood is the equivalent of a flat office building with its numerous design firms, business headquarters, and small offices.
As you probably know by now, no office, vertical or horizontal, is complete without its resident coffee shop. At Duxton Hill, it was more than just your typical run of the mill caffeine dispensary, but rather a place where everyone picked up their daily prescriptions. MAVRX Coffee Apothecary served the community their required dose of caffeine Monday through Saturday in their chic little shop. Straightforward yet classy, you can be in and out in a jiffy with a cup of their quality coffee in hand, served in one of their unorthodox to-go cups in no time.
Although the shop was probably made with the thought of people on the go in mind, it was clear that MAVRX cared a lot about the design and feel of the space. Small yet not claustrophobic, this coffee apothecary was aesthetically beautiful, and dare I say, fashionable. With white subway tile lined walls littered with love letters and quirky illustrations, a clean and understated palette, and simple furnishings, don’t be surprised to see the occasional photo-hunter looking for a monochrome background to complement their daily #ootd. If you have a second to linger, you can do so on their front porch facing the road, but if you’d prefer to sit inside, the shop had two benches parallel to each other in front of the black and white barista’ counter, although they were more for those waiting on their drinks rather than for lounging.
As lovely as the shop’s design was, it didn’t hold a candle to the coffee they served up. MAVRX favored the Carmelo blend from Australian roasters, Allpress Espresso. As the name implied, the blend was chocolately and caramel-tasting concoction composed of Sumatran, Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Colombian beans. It was addictive. Finishing our coffee in a snap, we were out the door prepared to explore the undulating surroundings.
Of course, I can’t end it there, you must be curious as to what MAVRX possibly means? You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that it’s a play on the word maverick, a fitting name for a coffee shop going against the grain. While it’s always nice to sit down with a cup of joe and a book in hand to while away the hours, there’s nothing wrong about being in and out of a stylish café in a flash to grab a some caffeine to help get shit done.