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Hong Kong's 6 most unique coffees

Time Out Hong Kong
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Hong Kong has one of the most vibrant coffee cultures in East Asia. More and more speciality cafes 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

Charcoal latte at Pause It

Pause It Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info 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 cafe’s purple taro and red velvet lattes.

coconut ice-dripped coffee

Coconut ice-dripped coffee at Valor 

Cheung Chau has long been a street food paradise but these days, cool cafes are an increasing attraction on the outlying island. One of the most famous is Valor Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info , 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.

Smoko

Tap coffee at Smoko

If you want a different texture rather than flavour,  Smoko Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info , 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.

Tonic Coffee Cheese Milk

Cheese-covered coffee with tonic at Rings Coffee               

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 Coffee Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info 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.

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 Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info is pretty much what it sounds like — a latte served in a mostly hollowed out avocado skin. Because who needs a proper cup, right?

Cucumberano at Café Sausalito

Cucumberano at Café Sausalito

Although Sham Shui Po isn’t as well known for its coffee as much as its cheap electronics, Café Sausalito Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info 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.

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