Specialty Coffee shops in Hong Kong – A personal observation 2018

In Hong Kong, the weather is usually hot and humid with plenty of sunshine.

Moments from Hong Kong

I was surprised when I discovered that most specialty coffee shops serve their coffee drinks together with a glass of warm water. In Europe, we usually drink cold or even iced water – and not just during hot summer days. When brewing coffee, we measure the water temperature precisely. But do we really think about the temperature about the water that accompanies our coffee drink

The more I think about the ritual of serving warm water together with the coffee drink, the more I like it. Why should we create an imbalance of temperature, when drinking coffee by serving it together with a glass of cold water?

Another interesting detail that I discovered in Hong Kong is the ritual of presenting a sample of freshly ground coffee beans along with the coffee drink. Besides enjoying their cup of coffee, this ritual invites coffee-lovers to also explore and enjoy the aroma of the dry grounds 🙂

Specialty coffee shops

I recognized one interesting trend – the owner of coffee shops place a great emphasis on the interior design.

The rents in Hong Kong are sky high and the competition is tough. To develop a reputation and to keep coffee-lovers rolling in, coffee shops not only have to serve excellent coffee, but they also have to outshine other places by creating an inspiring and memorable atmosphere.

Successful coffee places in Hong Kong are comfortable and inviting, but at the same time also unique and innovative.

Many coffee shops in Europe follow similar design patterns. Hong Kong, on the contrary,  is a laboratory of creativity that offers unique designed coffee spaces that we won’t find elsewhere.

I enjoyed exploring Hong Kong’s special coffee scene very much. It is exciting to taste delicious coffee you have never tasted before. At the same time, it is also a pleasure to experience interesting coffee spaces with unique interior design details.

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