Wandering in Stanley and bumped into this cute coffee shop. Coffee was great, wide selection of beans. I ended up chose a filtered coffee recommended by the enthusiastic barista (or owner?). It was a barrel conditioned ethiopia. It smelled so good as a glass of wine. I know it sounds weird, but believe me, it tasted so good. I had a scones set too and it was as great as the coffee. Staff there are nice. Will definitely be back to try other coffee next time!
Holy crap. We've had some great coffee popping up in Hong Kong of late but few have been able to get food and ambiance up to the same level. The Cupping Room is the first to change that. Near flawless coffee, a warm and inviting environment and a small selection of sweets done very well. Keep it up guys.
If you are looking for the machine, the Synesso is in the warehouse. Instead Derek is training for the 2013 World Barista Championship on the machine that he will be judged on. It is Nuova Simonelli that he is tuning his skills on. This tells you that Derek is serious about his coffee. Derek the owner got his MBA at Michigan State and headed west where he got his practical training at the Hayes Valley Blue Bottle. Back in Hong Kong, Derek and his friends created the Cupping Room. It serves very good coffee in all forms. They are friendly and is one of the few DOG friendly coffee shops. So bring your best friend to Stanley and relax with a great cup of Joe.
Well, you can't fault the quality of the baristas is this place, with the two of them having placed 1st and 3rd in the HK barista championships in 2012. As you'd expect, my doppio was excellently pulled, with some lovely winey, treacly notes (this was their 'holiday' blend, apparently). It was served with some ceremony, side-by-side on its own little tray, with a glass of water - nice! The staff were very professional, if a little distracted - I'm not sure by what, though the place was fairly busy. The decor of the place, though, is quite bland, and its (high-end) mall location lacks atmosphere. If they could, I'd urge them to move to a spot closer to the main drag, with more foot traffic and a bit of a view.
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