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Hong Kong's Most Unique Coffees

Hong Kong’s most unique coffees

By Time Out Hong Kong

Hong Kong has one of the most vibrant coffee cultures in East Asia. More and more speciality cafés are popping up around town, catering to all sorts of different taste buds. These days, you need to be able to do more than pour a decent flat white to attract customers – you need interesting new flavours to keep things fresh and a simple matcha latte just doesn’t cut it anymore. Here are some of the best and most unique must-try javas for when you’re in town.

Charcoal latte at Pause It
Charcoal latte at Pause It

Pause It sources beans from Ethiopia and Colombia and its java tends to have a strong citrus aroma. As well as serving coffee with great flavour, the baristas here use natural colourings to spice up your coffee. The most spectacular looking, and our favourite, is the charcoal latte, which has been a huge hit on Instagram. Less strong on the caffeine but also noteworthy are the café’s purple taro and red velvet lattes.

Address: 84 Shantung Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2348 2138
Website: www.facebook.com/pause.it.hk
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Mong Kok, Exit D3
Coconut ice-dripped coffee at Valor
Coconut ice-dripped coffee at Valor

Cheung Chau has long been a street food paradise but these days, cool cafés are an increasing attraction on the outlying island. One of the most famous is Valor, where you can get a coconut ice-dripped coffee served within a young coconut. The fruity goodness of the coconut and the lightly roasted java make for a delightful combo.

Address: 4 San Hing Street, Cheung Chau, Outlying Islands
Tel: +852 6699 5892
Website: www.valor.coffee
How to Get There: Take the ferry from Central Pier No.5
Cucumberano at Café Sausalito

Although Sham Shui Po isn’t as well known for its coffee as much as its cheap electronics, Cafe Sausalito exists as a mecca for the district’s caffeine addicts. On the menu, you’ll find all the usual suspects, but this cooler-than-thou spot also serves up the Cucumberano – a cucumber flavoured coffee and soda water concoction. It’s instantly refreshing.

Address: 201 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Tel: +852 6305 1887
Website: www.cafesausalitohk.com
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Sham Shui Po, Exit A2
Tap coffee at Smoko
Tap coffee at Smoko

If you want a different texture rather than flavour, Smoko, in Fortress Hill, is one of the few places in Hong Kong that serves tap coffee. Infused with nitrogen, this chilled brew, with its liberal layer of foam on top, comes out looking like a pint of Guinness. Super smooth, it has a particularly silky mouthfeel.

Address: Shop 8, Wang Fai Mansion, 2-12 Wang On Road, Fortress Hill, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 3956 9207
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Fortress Hill, Exit A
Tonic coffee cheese milk cover at Rings
Tonic coffee cheese milk cover at Rings

If you want to discover what all the fuss is about regarding cheese-topped coffee, which recently emerged out of Taiwan, here’s where to go. A cosy nook in Kowloon City, Rings offers a selection of cheese milk-covered drinks – basically, beverages served beneath a layer of cream cheese – including a special tonic coffee cover. If that sounds weird, rest assured, the head provides a surprising saltiness that nicely balances any sweetness.

Address: 8 Nga Tsin Long Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon
Tel: +852 9798 3510
Website: www.facebook.com/ringscoffee
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Lok Fu, Exit B
Avolatte at Athletic Juice and Espresso Bar
Avolatte at Athletic Juice and Espresso Bar

The craze for all things avocado is still alive and kicking in Hong Kong and this could well be the peak of it all. The epitome of hipster – even though the drink was originally created as satire back in Australia – the avolatte at Athletic Juice and Espresso Bar is pretty much what it sounds like – a latte served in a mostly hollowed out avocado skin. Because who needs a proper cup, right?

Address: 2E Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2385 1013
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Admiralty, Exit F

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