When you hear that a café is home to the World No. 2 Champion Barista, how can you resist? They call this place The Cupping Room.
A couple years ago, I visited their smaller location in Sheung Wan which was a cosy little place. One of those places that instantly feel like a home of good beans. When they opened this more modern, lofty location, I was curious to check it out.
Straight down to business right when you enter. A clean wood-panelled counter instantly sets the tone for the experience. Calm, relaxed and understatedly cool, everything from the floor to the serving ware is fashionably minimalistic.
My single espresso was extremely balanced with no acidic aftertaste on the tongue. Placed next to the nano block model of the café’s building, it seemed even more appealing and adorable.
I recommend getting a coffee to-go and walking around the always interesting SoHo (South of Hollywood Road) area of Hong Kong. The area is dotted with art galleries, eateries and homeware stores. Plus, design and fashion hub PMQ is close-by. If you really need a break, the café offers bar counter seats and regular tables on the second floor.
Want something to balance out the savoury aspect of the coffee? There are plenty of sweet treats at the counter – like these tempting cruffins. Cruffins (cross between a croissant and muffin, stuffed with cream) have been on the scene for a couple of years, thanks to industry leaders such as Mr Holmes, with locations in San Francisco and Tokyo.
I really enjoy The Cupping Room because it’s a local joint. The patrons here are of all ages and nationalities, creating a comfortable space free from people who come just to people-watch.
18 Cochran Street | Central | Hong Kong
+852 2511 3518
Mon – Fri: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Sat – Sun: 9.00am – 6.00pm