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goldilocks76 Nov 24, 2013 01:20 AM

In the two months I was in Hong Kong, I mainly bought beans to make coffee at home. I either drank coffee or bought beans from the following places. A lot of places were selling beans with a roasting date that was too far in the past for a self-respecting coffee seller to be comfortable with (Rabbit Hole was a notable exception). Having said that, and with a lot of checking of roasting dates on the packets, our favourite coffees were 18 grams black sheep blend, then their 3 little pigs, followed by Rabbit Hole’s Indonesian beans.

Rabbit Hole
2/F, 26 Cochrane Street  Central Hong Kong
+852 2581 0861

Of the places where we drank coffee, Rabbit Hole probably made the best coffee *but* their main business is in wholesale and machines, and they no longer operate a regular cafe at their escalator location; instead they offer a coffee tasting “one bean four ways”. Interesting, but a bit of a waste of a prime people watching location. They still sell their beans from there, which are excellent, and they say that they will be opening a cafe at a central location in the near future.

Barista Jam
Shop D, G/F, 126-128 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

Barista Jam does a nice cappuccino, and were friendly and knowledgable, but they don’t sell beans. There wasn’t enough natural light once you move back from the bar for this to become a regular drinking venue for me.

Knockbox coffee
Ground Floor, 21 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon

Were out of beans when we tried to buy some. Staff seemed knowledgable, but a rushed off their feet and a bit harried. Coffee was fine.

Coffee Academics
G/F, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay

Bought some beans from here one evening when we were passing by. The vibe was more like a hangout place than a specialist coffee shop.

18 grams coffee
Unit C, G/F, 15 Cannon St, Causeway Bay
Also as a concession in City Super, Harbour City

Our go-to place for beans, but do check the roasting date on the bag. Also good for a pit-stop in Kowloon City Super.

Coffee Assembly
Cockloft, 6 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central Hong Kong, Hong Kong

A cool place, hidden away up some stairs. Quite small, so you may have to share a sofa. Doesn’t open in the mornings. Coffee was fine in a cappuccino but I think I would have found it too abrasive in an espresso. Given the masking qualities of the milk, it’s hard to know whether that’s because they are roasting the beans greener than I like or because of the way the barista is pulling the shots. They sell beans but I didn’t get to try any as they needed them all for the holiday weekend.

  1. PhilD Nov 24, 2013 12:53 PM

    Rabbit Hole has now moved to Star Street, and one other good one is The Cupping Room in Sheung Wan

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      brucelee67 Nov 26, 2013 05:14 PM

      Any of these coffee places make a New Zealand Flat White?

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      1. re: brucelee67
        PhilD Nov 27, 2013 02:57 AM

        Possibly - although they are more "Third Wave" places so less focus on the standard antipodean styles. Fuel could be your best bet as its Kiwi owned with branches in IFC (third floor) and Landmark (basement).

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