Hong Kong Hustle
We have been lucky to have the opportunity to be working in Hong Kong this summer and experience the hustle of this eclectic city. As we have many food & beverage contacts both here and from HK, we are very aware of the diverse scene within the coffee industry there. So we went to do what we often do best, we drank coffee, lots of coffee. This is often the best way to meet people, discover places and gain knowledge about any city.
There has been an undercurrent of quality lead coffee businesses here for quite some time, but just like London, they are often a hidden gem which are unknown to the masses. Most bars have several espresso options on offer along with a variety of filters and alternative brewing methods to choose from. Every bar, no matter how small, still manages to facilitate bar seating in order to obtain quality conversation while brewing. Most of which are happy to discuss technic, and share knowledge to eager ears.
There is a sense of change, of awareness, desire to learn , which is evolving rapidly to fit that of what London, Melbourne, Portland or LA are now more accustomed to. You can feel a similar energy to that of London 5 years ago. Customers are traveling to attain quality, people are excited to buy fresh coffees and brew at home and accept a change in taste, style and flavour. This is possibly the beginning of a very rapid growth spurt, which already has a solid foundation to stand on.
We are excited to witness this buzzing, friendly, new coffee scene. Listed are but a few of the Shops I managed to capture during my first visit.
Barista Jam (Photo 1 Photo 2 William the owner)
Shop D, G/F,
126-128 Jervois St,
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Rabbithole Coffee and Roaster (Photo 3 Photo 4 Mike the owner)
2/F 26 Cochrane St, Central, Hong Kong
3 Landale St, Wanchai , Hong Kong
CoCo Espresso (Photo 5, Photo 6 Johnston the owner)
197 Queens Rd, Sheung Wan, Central, Hong Kong
2 Yan Dun, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Knockbox Coffee Company (Photo 7 and Photo 8 Patrick the roaster)
GF 21 Hak Po St
Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
The Coffee Academics ( Photo 9 Herman and Ben the roasters Photo 10)
GF 38 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay, Honk Hong