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Locally roasted: 5 coffee shops in Kowloon that roast their own coffee beans

gini | April 23, 2019

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Raise your hand if a large part of your monthly expenses goes towards coffee. Whether it’s your daily morning fuel, weekend brunch must-have or something you drink all day, every day, coffee is definitely not in short supply around Hong Kong.

Here are five great coffee shops in Kowloon that not only serve good espressos and hand drip pour overs, but also roast their own beans here in Hong Kong. If you want to try reducing your monthly coffee budget, you can buy beans to brew at work or at home.

  1. Return Coffee Roastery (Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Central)

Photo: Return Coffee Roastery Facebook Page

Return’s Hong Kong-roasted coffee has won awards around the world, including the 2018 and 2017 Australian International Coffee Bronze and Silver Awards for espresso and filter coffee. With four different house blends, “ESC”, “SHIFT”, “ALT”, and “CTRL”, you can try all sorts of flavor profiles for your latte or black coffee, from pistachio and dark chocolate in the award-winning “ALT” to sweet toffee and nutty in “CTRL” when mixed with milk.

Return Coffee House: Shop 2A, G/F, 43 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong (Mon-Sun)

Return Coffee 362: Shop G1 Fortune Commercial Building, 362 Sha Tsui Road, Tsuen Wan (Mon-Sun)

Return Coffee FG: G/F 9 Shin Hing Street, Central (Mon-Sun)

  1. Craft Coffee Roaster (Tai Kok Tsui)

Photo: Coffee + Tales

Craft is home to the 2017 World Cup Tasters Champion and 2019 Hong Kong Brewers Cup Champion. Their “Honeycomb” house blend espresso features floral and fruity tasting notes with hints of apricot jam. Their pour over menu with locally roasted single origin beans is also constantly changing and features coffee beans with new and experimental processing methods like semi-carbonic maceration.

Craft Coffee Roaster: 29 Tai Kok Tsui Road, Tai Kok Tsui (Mon-Sun)

  1. Knockbox Coffee Company (Mongkok)

Photo: Knockbox Coffee Company Instagram Page

Grab a coffee with the 2018 Hong Kong Barista Champion here and choose from two house blend espressos, “Aromatic” with fruity and floral flavors or “Mouthfeel” with nutty flavors and full-bodied texture. V60 pour over, Aeropress, syphon and French press brewing methods are also available for single origin beans. Every Friday night is “Coffee Premier” at Knockbox, a night to gather from 6-10pm and try unlimited samples of the coffee locally roasted that week.

Knockbox Coffee Company: 21 Hak Po Street, Mongkok (Mon-Sun)

  1.  Ideaology (Tsim Sha Tsui)

Photo: Ideaology Facebook Page

Ideaology is the roaster behind the coffee served in three cafes around Tsim Sha Tsui. Specializing in roasting, coffee consulting and training, Ideology offers a variety of brewing and tasting workshops every month. Their monthly subscription features espresso blend or single origin beans in whole bean or drip bag products for simple brewing.

Barista Caffe: 3/F Citadines Ashley Hong Kong, 18 Ashely Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (Mon-Sat)

Infuse: G/F K11 Atelier, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (Mon-Sat)

Page Common: G/F 148 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (Mon-Sun)

  1. Urban Coffee Roaster (Prince Edward, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay)

Photo: Urban Coffee Roaster Instagram Page

If you’re looking for a consistent supply of coffee beans delivered directly to your doorstep, sign up for Urban’s coffee subscription plan. HK698 gets you 200g of filter coffee beans, every month for six months. Alternatively, you can visit one of their three locations for coffee and buy a reusable tin of coffee beans there. Each refill earns you a stamp put towards redeeming a coffee gift so you can reduce the environmental impact of your coffee enjoyment.

Urban Coffee Roaster at Wontonmeen: 135 Lai Chi Kwok Road, Prince Edward (Mon-Sun)

Urban Coffee Roaster: 7 Bristol Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui (Mon-Sun)

Urban Coffee Roaster at Galleon: 1/F Shop B, 8 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay (Mon-Sun)

If you use gini to categorize your expenses, you might be shocked by how much you spend on coffee. But if you love coffee as much as a lot of us do, that might not stop you anyway. So visit some local roasters for great coffee and quality beans that you can enjoy anytime.

Tigger heads her own Curious Typhoon Studio and to stay on top of her business and personal finances, she became an early adopter of gini. Her free-range creative lifestyle allows her to spend all her time in cafes everywhere.

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