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3 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

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163 reviews · 108 followers · 8 years ago

The first time I tried to go was this past Sunday. All the literature says its open at 9am Sundays but when we got there at 10am there was still no sign of life. Another couple came by as we peered in, and they just laughed and said that the place is often never open when it says it's open. They just quickly walked off and I saw them later at Deadend Cafe nearby. I went to Lof10. That was not a good first impression. Today I went at noon just to make sure they were open. The place is decorated nicely. Looks cute. The hardware is good. They have a Strada EP. As for the software. The people factor, the customer interface, the warmth and the non coffee related experience. There really was not much of an experience. I can tell they make nice baked goods on site. Great touch. But I was there for coffee. My extraction was light, the crema thin, the taste hmm let's just say watery. All in all, for what a Strada EP can and should do for an espresso shot, this was disappointing. I could not tell which part of the following was off - whether it was the grind, the tamp, dosing, the pre-infusion, or the infusion. But it was off. Anyway it is such a shame to have such a nice space in PoHo and not work through the controllables. Business is hard enough even when you get everything right. In the end, isn't any business a people business? The

20 reviews · 8 years ago

Nice clean setup. Using Allpress beans and a La Marzocco machine. Coffee was extracted well and milk was textured to a nice smooth consistency. The Menu was awesome with all day brekky, and shakshuka featured with hose-made pita bread. They also make all of their own stickies. I watched some amazing looking chocolate soufflés rise in the cleanest oven I have ever seen. I will be back for sure.

202 reviews · 303 followers · 8 years ago

I\'ve been coming to this cafe since it opened a month or so ago. The woman who runs it is a HongKonger who grew up in New Zealand, so the cafe has a NZ flavour too it, literally and metaphorically. The beans and many of the ingredients are sourced from New Zealand, taking advantage of its clean green image in Hong Kong. \nI like it because they make a doppio Australia/New Zealand style, with a double-shot and plenty of length. The ir espresso blend has good body and mouthfeel, and all the coffees I\'ve had here have been well-extracted. \nThe staff are very lovely, although the owner has not yet relaxed into the business, and can sometimes seem a bit frazzled when the place is busy. \nAtmosphere-wise, I like the small NZ touches, with the moko-tattoo design on the wall outside, and the \'kia ora\' sign welcoming you inside. Mostly though, the cafe has a light modern feel, with big windows looking out on this very funky neighbourhood in Sheung Wan. All in all, a little gem, with nice pastries and breakfasts as a bonus.

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