Sidamo G1

Date: 8th December 2016
Place: Hay Fever / Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Coffee: Hay Fever / Ethiopia / Sidamo G1
Varietal: Heirloom / Natural
Drink: Siphon brewed
Roaster notes: Raspberry, floral, chocolate.

“It’s clean. I’m getting red apple and redcurrant,” I said. “What notes do you get?”

“Drinking coffee is about relaxing,” the barista replied. “Stop worrying about what the tasting notes are supposed to be and just enjoy it.” And at that moment I knew that this guy was legit.

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Dimtu

Date: 5th December 2016
Place: Hazel & Hershey / Central, Hong Kong
Coffee: Hazel & Hershey / Ethiopia / Sidamo / Dimtu
Varietal: Heirloom / Natural
Drink: Espresso
Roaster notes: Apricot, wild berries, green grape, black tea.

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Hazel & Hershey is exactly the kind of place I love to drink coffee in. It has all of the enthusiasm for coffee and none of the pretence. The entirety of one of its walls is lined with stuff for sale: coffee books, coffee equipment, coffee magazines, signed coffee mugs and… coffee. It was like a coffee nerd honeypot. The space itself is colourful, homely, and bright without being boringly clinical. It was surprisingly roomy inside but since I was drinking alone, there was only going to be one place for me to sit – the brew bar.

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Timana

Date: 5th December 2016
Place: The Cupping Room / Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Coffee: Sweet Bloom / Colombia / Huila / Timana
Varietal: Castillo, Caturra, Colombia / Washed
Drink: Melitta brewed
Roaster notes: Cola, raisin, orange, sugar cane.

After an hour and a half trek from the New Territories, requiring a light bus and no less than four colours’ worth of MTR, I had finally arrived at The Cupping Room. It has consistently been the most likely name to appear during my research of coffee places to go to in Hong Kong. What better place to start?

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