Noticed quite a few comments about how packed and small this caffeine haven is, as a local I know it's inevitable: this is Mongkok - per square metre it's one of the most expensive retail space in not just this concrete city, but also in the galaxy as we know it. So you have to balance between money making popular Italian coffees and minority single origin hand pour aficionados, and if you are thinking about sitting down for a quiet 2 hours pondering your makeup of quarks, atoms and protons, go to Starbucks. This place is the jewelled oasis in a ever crowded crazy marketplace that upholds a professionalism and coffee wisdom for seasoned aficionados and all the pretentious taste-guru wannabes (sitting right beside me as we speak). The coffee i get every time stepping in, is for sure something above average and quite consistent. I can't picture myself running this 400 square-ft cafe.. can't imagine serving the myriad of customers with different levels of coffee expectations, in such a tightly packed intensive and stressful spot. IMHO they are doing very well, and it's my safe bet every time. Bravo, keep it up!
Knockbox , had read about it and visited for the first time a few days ago ..very crowded but quite relaxed ..if you obey orders...eg stand in the designated spot to place orders. Coffees themselves , I had an Ethiopian single origin espresso very punchy , balanced and bright...my wife had an excellent latte ..as others have said fairly prescriptive includibg no decaf ..but amongst the very best I have enjoyed in Hong Kong anx well worth the minor inconveniences
consistently above average. very good for Hong Kong, not too milky, not too hot, never had then burn my coffee. definitely my number one Mongkok coffee place and worth the wait, which you will have to Caveat- they won't add sugar pre-milk, but their mixers aren't wooden, so neither is the coffee afterwards.
I tried two coffees. One was a latte and the other was a macchiato. The coffees were both very good. They don't do skim milk or soy or anything. It's one of those places that says you have to have coffee a certain way. Apart from that I thought it was good. Food menu didn't seem interesting so didn't try anything.
Well I was here about 6 months ago based on a great latte 3 months before that but was disappointed. But then I came back last week and it was back to its best. It's a serious coffee place with only real milk options. Ie no skinny and no soy etc. basic food which it serves over the counter. There ain't no table service here. Lots to read on the board about coffee. It gets busy at the weekends. A cool place to chill. In a quiet end of town.
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