Foreword started out as a hole-in-a-wall cafe at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2017 with a vision of empowering persons with disabilities & special needs through employment opportunities. Since then, we’ve grown to become a company offering a range of products & services while expanding the number of cafe outlets serving specialty coffee in Singapore.
Inspiring the can-do spirit to realise the potential in every individual.
To achieve an equitable and sustainable value chain that empowers stakeholders from farmers to consumers.
Lim Wei Jie
Co-Founder & Director
The specialty coffee scene in Europe inspired me to use coffee as a platform to teach skills and connect the special needs community to the wider society. I consider it a privilege to be able to drive social change while enjoying what I'm doing.
Co-Founder & Director
At Foreword, both my wallet and my heart are full; I can play a part in building sustainable livelihoods while making a difference to the lives of our employees. As the person handling Finance, I deal mostly with spreadsheets, but I still enjoy heading down to the cafes to hone my latte art skills and checking-in on how my baristas are doing. Beyond work, I enjoy scuba diving, gardening and hunting for pikachus at the arcade.
Head of Marketing
I am that jaded millennial you see on the street who turns to the social enterprise scene in search of re-enchantment in life, and has not looked back since.
Asst. Outlet Manager @ CSC
I got to know about Foreword through SPD. I am always busy at the cafe tending to things and I like the informal interactions with my colleagues when we are less busy. I enjoy cycling, swimming, shopping, and taking photos.
Supervisor @ CHI
I joined Foreword to learn more about espresso and how to work with people with special needs. It is rewarding for me to work with my team and to see our customers at CHI enjoying their drinks. During weekends I enjoy hiking with the deafies group!
Supervisor @ CHI
I joined Foreword because they accept differently-abled persons in which I was surprised and I hope to help spread awareness about it. I do everything in the cafe such as making coffee, pouring latte art, and helping our staff to be familiar with their tasks. Beyond work, I also enjoy traveling and cycling.
Bean to Cup Experience
Traceability and transparency are important to us in our coffee supply chain. Hence, we directly source our coffee beans from Asia, including China, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia.
By going direct to the source, we cut out the middlemen and higher earnings are channeled to the smallholder farmers in Asia.
1. Green beans are sourced from Asia
2. Beans are roasted in Singapore
3. Coffee is served at the cafes
Green beans are sourced from Asia
Beans are roasted in Singapore
Coffee is served at the cafes
We work with responsible green coffee companies that care for their people and the environment while producing specialty-grade coffee beans. Some of our partners include:
Our Inclusive Vision
In recognising every individual’s ability to contribute meaningfully, we co-create and sustain an inclusive workplace by practising patience, empathy and creativity daily. As a social enterprise member of raiSE (Singapore Centre for Social Enterprises), we strive to amplify our impact through collaborations and initiatives. Keen to cultivate Diversity & Inclusion to your workplace?
Caring for the Environment
We support environmental sustainability by encouraging the BYO movement, choosing eco-friendly packaging and reducing the use of disposables. That is why we opt for PLA cups & PHA straws instead of plastic at our cafes. FSC-certified paper is also our go-to for packaging, while our coffee bags are certified home compostable by TÜV AUSTRIA. Join us in this sustainable journey!
Still keen to learn more? Read about our journey, from the beginning, to what we are doing now.
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