If one could only choose two out of the trinity of sleep, good grades and social life, many would choose to go without sleep. As such, coffee is an indispensable beverage for many students as it helps them stay energised and awake amidst the hustle and bustle of school.

In this edition of our Uni Freshie Guide Series, we will be discussing about coffee!

Given the myriad of coffee options, which one is the best for you? My name is Jazlee and together with Wei Sheng, we tried and reviewed several popular coffee choices during our internship at SNCF.

We gave ratings (out of 5 stars with 1 being the lowest rating and 5 being the highest) based on Taste, Cost and Effectiveness!



Photo Credits: Cooperativa Cooxupé


Do you know that the largest coffee co-operative is the Cooxupé from Brazil, established in 1937. Its members are small scale farmers who collectively come from 200 municipalities in Brazil. It has since expanded into an international coffee exporting co-operative and developed its own signature and speciality coffee. Cooxupé is testament to the power of co-operatives in helping individuals band together and pull together resources. Co-operatives facilitates mutual help among its members and is self sustainable. 




Bettr Barista is a social enterprise in Singapore that aims to bring about social change through their coffee served at retail coffee bars. They also provide training and workshop for coffee enthusiasts. They even have a special Holistic Training Programme to empower women and youths-at-risk.

Their products are reasonably priced between $3 – $5 and they have pastries to go alongside their coffee.

Social enterprises are businesses that also serve to achieve a social mission. In this case, Bettr Barista’s aims to provide coffee education and employment opportunities to marginalised women and youths at risk.

However, social enterprises are not to be confused with co-operatives.

Read our other article on Co-operatives vs Social Enterprises to learn more about their differences!



   Cost: ★★★★☆

 Taste: ★★☆☆☆

Effectiveness: ★★★☆☆

For students on a budget, super coffee offers a selection of instant coffee. Each packet costs between $5 – $6 with 30 – 40 sachets. That averages out to $0.20 per cup of coffee! They even offer a 30% less sugar option (yellow sachet) for those who are health conscious.

Personally, this is my (Jazlee) go-to coffee as it is not only cheap, but really packs a punch in helping me stay awake during lectures and classes despite having little sleep.








   Cost: ★★☆☆☆

 Taste: ★★★★☆

Effectiveness: ★★★★☆

Where do birds go to for Coffee?

– “To the NESTcafe!”

Jokes aside, Nescafe truly lives up to its reputation of providing rich and good coffee. In comparing premix coffee, we tried Nescafe Gold premium coffee creamy latte!

Aromatic and potent, having this early in the morning or mid afternoon is bound to give you that extra alertness you need to seize the day. However, each pack costs approximately $7 and contains 12 sachets. That averages out to $0.50 per cup of coffee.

Hence, I would recommend drinking it only on days (Monday blues) where you need a little pick-me-up.


   Cost: ★★★☆☆

 Taste: ★★★☆☆

Effectiveness: ★★★★★

At $6.30 for 15 sachets, it’s on the pricier end of the brands we sampled but the taste does make up for it.

An Ideal coffee choice for a thrifty person like myself (Wei Sheng), the Extra Rich variant delivers much punch, with a rich and flavourful beverage that leaves a lasting aftertaste.

While, as mentioned it is relatively pricey, it does a terrific job of keeping me awake, especially if i finish the whole cup in one gulp.





Perhaps we left out your preferred instant mix coffee or you simply love the traditional $0.90 coffee from your neighbourhood Kopitiam.

Let us know your favourite coffee in the comment box below!

See you in the next Uni Freshie Guide article!