Brass coffee dispenser kettle

This is a cylindrical kettle with a straight upright tubular spout tapering to the pouring end. Long kettles were used for the brewing of coffee in ‘kopitiams’ (coffee shops) from the 1930s, where a coffee sock containing coffee powder would be placed inside the kettle. These kettles, now made of stainless steel, can still be found in some ‘kopitiams’ today.The ‘kopitiam’ was a male-dominated meeting place where bachelors congregated for breakfast consisting of toast, eggs and a beverage such as coffee or tea. It has become an important feature of Singapore’s landscape since the 1950s.

Late 20th century
Singapore and Malaysia
Object size: H26.2 x W38.6 x D16.7 cm
Accession No.
brass (alloy)
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Folklife Collection