Kopi O

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Kopi O

Kopi O is a traditional coffee commonly served in Malaysia and Singapore. It is a strong black coffee served with sugar. Today the coffee beans are roasted with sugar, butter, and oil.


This type of coffee is popular in Malaysia and Singapore coffee shops, typically known as kopitiams - from the Hokkien for 'Coffee Shop'.[1] It can be served with ice, which will change its name to Kopi O Peng.


This drink gets its name from Hokkien. Kopi translates to coffee, and O translates to 'black', as Kopi without the O has milk and sugar. Thus, coffee brewers only add sugar into the coffee. Coffee without either would be 'Kopi O Kosong' (Kopi O nothing)


  1. ^ "Introduction to Singapore's Coffee Culture".