1. Craft – https://craftcoffeeroaster.hk/
A petit coffee shop with 10 seatings in Tai Kok Tsui. Apart from standard Espresso, Latte, Macchiato, they offer 2 Single origin of the day. Don’t look down upon these shops, with only 4 staff on rotation, 2 of them are championship barrister in Hong Kong. They are all cheerful and nice. Sometime hop-by during lunch, they recognise your favourite drink and able to provide in-depth knowledge on coffee. The coffee offered are all from coffee bean roasted by themsevles upstairs, which makes it fresh and able to customize with a twist.
Another wow point is their homemade bakery, including lemon tart, pecan pie and banana loaf bread. All made during opening hours, very fresh and ready to serve. Limited servings so it’s good to have it as breakfast. Sandwiches are served too. It’s my usual me-time spot or if not a chat place to exchange coffee making knowledges as well.
Add: 29 Tai Kok Tsui Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 18:00
Sat-Sun & P.H. 9:00 – 18:00
Local humble hidden gem cafe at Tin Hau. It’s also my first felt for coffee place, I would recommend to try strong coffee, which has the strength punches is balanced out by sugar cane sweetness that follows.
They have superb home-made bakery , more of western bread such as Pumpernickel, Yogurt bread, lemon poppy seed bread, cheese cube dough…normally around 10-15 kinds baked fresh since dawn. Pasta is another signature, often run-out during lunch time. I would say set lunch is always comfy with reasonable price as compared to meals around the area.
They have seating of 14 so sometimes I would just stay for a coffee, and play their piano, do some takeaway of bread as next day breakfast. Cozy is the key.
Add: 1A Lau Li Street, Tin Hau, Tin Hau
Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30 – 21:00
3. Elephant Grounds – http://www.elephantgrounds.com/
Amongst all listed coffee shop, this is the one I would recommend this to be lingering / wandering whole day long. From coffee to food to ice-cream they are all delicious. No doubt that they are of good taste in styling, in delicacy and in food quality.
My fall for moment was after a long run in chill winter , imagine a peculiar looking bunch of guys and gals, all sweaty and hunger for seats, were offered nice greenery outdoor seat, nice coffee brewed and burger served. Crunch bacon, seasoned fries and satisfying creamy icecream. Fantastic meal to reward the run.
You can imagine people around there just taking their own laptop / tablet and spend a day around the corner. It’s fulfilling even with just a cup of coffee sitting there zone out for an hour.
Add: G/F, Win Fung Building, 8 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 21:00
Sat-Sun 9:00 – 21:00
4. Omotesando Koffee – http://ooo-koffee.com/hongkong.html
An importer / challenger from Tokyo! Often seen its long line-up in Wan Chai xxx once a wedding card printing street now turning into a chic foodie spot. The shop dressed like a show-room where you and the barrister are of 2 cm distance. They show you exactly step-by-step how a coffee is made.
The secret recipe is on the coffee beans — nutty on palate with hint of bitterness swirling. Thereafter the sweet aftertaste. Foam normally made of Meiji 4.3 milk. Whether the coffee is drank cold, hot, with foam, with milk they are all good.
Seats are of around 20, all stools so expecting this is more like a standup store. For decaf people or non-coffee drinkers, they offer matcha latte as well. Grab a bite of Egg Sandwiches and Kachi are also their Tokyo style highlight.
5. % Arabica
% Arabica , the strong impression to me is creaminess. I have tried that in Hong Kong, Hokkaido and Manila. They are consistent across. Neat on palate and warm in heart. Arabica has a feeling of “Home” coffee to me when I was away from home. Not sure why so that Starbucks or Pacific Coffee would have put such a stamp as compared to this. Perhaps again, the creaminess and quality.
The found Kenneth Shoji has the philosophy of “See the world through coffee”. He founded the first % Arabica in Kyoto, a calm, culture-centric city that fuse historic architecture with modern beauty together. Other than sitting beside a river with matcha on hand, having % Arabia coffee is the new black. I can imagine the same with various city as background. Hence having it at Niseko snow mountain top with this cup of coffee was also an awesome experience.
6. Coco espresso
7. Cupping Room
10. Espresso Alchemy