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Hong Kong - Barista Journey

Have your cuppa at the Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon side  -  % Arabica Cafe.   Strong, flavourful and with character - I liked this one best on a recent visit.

The KnockBox Coffee Company is pulling people in at all hours with its artisanal style and produce.   We sampled two flavours
- nutty and fruity - and I preferred the former choice.   The place is small like a London UK cafe but offers seating beside the wall that goes deep in.    Owner and founder Patrick Tam is a self-made man with his own flavour of artistry and skill.   He was one of the first Q-Graders in Hong Kong

Located at 21 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon (photographs above and below).

The Cupping Room is sited on the ground floor at 299 Queens Road Central, Sheung Wan, not far from Central Hong Kong Island.  Best to use the MTR station for access, the cafe is in a rather characteristic suburb with ambiance, all types of small businesses and a feeling of old Hong Kong.   

The Cupping Room has a breakfast and brunch menu - I tried the Eggs Benny and I loved it!     The coffee, a Melbourne  inspiration,  was to my taste lighter than I anticipated and with a creamy after feel - I initially recalled Anthology cafe in Brisbane CBD but that had an oomph about it.   Still, in 2013, the Cupping Room was the home of the winner of the Hong Kong Barista Championships.

Brew Bros, at 33 Hiller Street, is around the corner from the Cupping Room in Sheung Wan - mind t,he steps on the lane as you approach this cafe.   That morning we dropped by, there were eager and young men behind the counter.  The layout reminded me of cafes in the colonial quarter of George Town, Penang island.  The blend served that day was not bold enough for my preference. (photograph above)

Coffee Academics has its home base in Causeway Bay on the island side but we had a rushed stop by between chores at the Tsim Sha Tsui on the morning before we flew back.
A spin off of the local coffee company Habitu, it has a contemporary layout that has affinity to office lobby blocks or airline outlets.

I could not imagine Starbucks reinventing itself and redesigning its customer experience and offering a different level of artisanal coffee experience.   I had to eat my words when we bumped into the outlet at Tai Koo Shing CIty Plaza IV.    Photographs are below.The cold drip served, after having been brewed at least 48 hours, was a refreshing experience that I enjoyed.


Anonymous said…
A great review. Always great to see new write ups on the much loved cafe scene

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