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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.