Our resident coffee expert Kaila Imada spills the beans on where to find the best local coffee roasters in Hong Kong.
Six spots in Hong Kong for locally roasted coffee
Get your daily jolt of caffeine with one of the blends from the experts at % Arabica. This coffee roaster takes pride in using beans from its own coffee farm in Hawaii, as well as sourcing high-grade speciality beans from around the world. The shop is also a global distributor of, and uses, a high-tech Japanese roasting machine – the Tornado King – that prepares the beans to precision at the touch of a button. With a flagship shop in Discovery Bay North Plaza, plus a couple of other outlets in Hong Kong, you can pick up your fresh beans with relative ease.
The folks at Barista HK are true java heads. From the moment the beans start sprouting on the tree to when the time comes to perfect each and every brew in-store, the team at Barista HK are experts in all things coffee and are keen to share its knowledge with other avid drinkers. The staff physically sift through the raw coffee beans by hand before roasting them on-site, so every bean is as perfect as can be. For those interested in learning the basic steps towards creating a great cup of coffee, there are also workshops on how to best discern your morning brew.
Tucked away inside Hong Kong’s trendy PMQ compound, Café Life is continuously bustling with customers looking for a great cup on the go or some of its decadent homemade baked goods. Perfecting the coffee one cup at a time, each batch of beans is made to order and roasted with a compact in-house roasting machine in the corner of the shop. Its coffee beans are picked from the best terroirs around the world, such as Tanzania, Costa Rica and Columbia, giving customers a wide array of premium choices.
This hipster coffee joint has definitely become the ‘it’ coffee shop in Hong Kong. Founded as a kiosk nestled inside the WOAW store in Sheung Wan, Elephant Grounds has expanded into a full-service restaurant on opening its second location in Wong Chuk Hang. The roaster’s house espresso blend is made with a mix of beans from Sumatra, Papua New Guinea and Kenya for a sharp flavour with a smooth and fruity finish. Elephant Grounds also offers select single origin beans that you can take home to brew on your own. Don’t forget to check if there are any ice cream sandwiches when you swing by, these desserts are as delicious as they are limited in supply.
Head on over to this quirky joint in Sham Shui Po for a great coffee experience that will definitely have you coming back for more. Offering fresh roasted beans from an expansive global selection, Urban Coffee Roasters also arranges coffee gatherings where you can learn about the best brewing methods along with other various coffee-related activities. The shop is definitely unlike any other café in town – it’s filled with numerous antiques and bikes available for rent. You can purchase the locally roasted beans as well as individual coffee-drip bags for that quick weekday caffeine fix.
In Cantonese, ‘zai fe’ means ‘strong black coffee’ – just what we need to get through a busy day. This stylish Italian espresso bar promises to deliver just that, going from roaster cup in under 72 hours. Using entirely natural, organic ingredients, the shop’s expert baristas serve two special blends using a traditional Italian espresso bar method. Only the highest quality beans are sourced from around the globe including Columbia, Rwanda, Ethiopia and India, before being carefully roasted in Hong Kong.