The Coffee Academics, Wanchai

Yes it’s expensive. Yes it’s a chain. Yes I know they are trying too hard. But dude, at least they are trying. A fantastic set of choices: from the standard latte fare of the Classic Menu, through to the more experimental and to be recommended, sugar rush of an Okinawa, to be found in The Signatures area. This recovering management consultant is tempted to point out that the ambiance, 1980s Spotify music run though a DAC, the funky uniforms, and hand crafted coffee range is just meant to drive up prices on the basic products. Well it’s Hong Kong: get used to it. The staff are great, and who doesn’t miss 1980s music? Coffee Academics

35-45 Johnson Road, 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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