Bambito Gesha

Not a place, not the name of a mid 1970s Bond girl, nor even a line of heroin, although perhaps it should be. Bambito Gesha is a lavender resonant extravaganza of a washed coffee, manicured to perfection, and served in Pour Over style, at Hong Kong’s Cupping Room (review to follow in a future edition).

We are informed it hails from Panama. It certainly has hints of the sweet aromas of that sticky clime. On the sip it tangles and feels a tad naughty: more Hungarian dessert wine, than the Riesling of its description. Its pristine complexity is just reaching for a romantic entanglement in the early evening, more one suspects, than the attentions of this sole late afternoon workaday correspondent. Suggest enjoying while the going is good. The Cupping Room

The Cupping Room, 32 Swatow Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong

New Starbucks concept in HK

Indeed. Yes. Absolutely. Starbucks Reserve is a cynical attempt to get a jump on the rapidly growing high-end coffee segment. But the urban minimalist concrete cool of this new Wanchai branch is great. It’s enough to make us emerging oldies feel cool just being here. Hosted on a walk up, the counter is spacious and frankly once one bypasses the standard latte cup aka milk shake menu, the new Reserve range is pretty good, and the pour over precisely delivered by a well trained staff. Talking of which, for those wishing to quit their day jobs, the Starbucks training centre is right upstairs. Starbucks Reserve Wanchai

No 77-79, Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

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