Tuesday, March 4, 2014

18 Grams & Coffee Academics

The cafe culture is so strong in Hong Kong that it is almost one of the standard activities when scheduling a meet up with friends.  At the same time, it has become increasingly difficult to find a nice and quiet place to enjoy a cup of Joe on a weekend without standing in queue or tolerating blabbering of unconcerned neighbors.  I don't know... I don't find going to cafe relaxing anymore... it's comparable to going to a dim sum restaurant, only with a younger demographics.

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Here's 2 cafe / coffee shop I visited recently (plus Laduree's tea room in Times Square... but I was so disappointed at that one it is not even worth mentioning...)  Both would be superb if there were fewer customers but I guess it's too much to ask for when you are going out on a weekend in Hong Kong...  On face value, I prefer Coffee Academics a little bit more, probably because I went there later in the afternoon and it was quieter with fewer people.

Would I return to either of these places?  For a friends' gathering?  Absolutely.  But if I just want a quiet afternoon, I probably would just stay at home.  I can't brew excellent coffee but at least my apartment is nice and quiet.. i.e., if I ignored the traffic and the occasional siren from the ambulance... noise is just an inevitable part of living in Hong Kong.

18 Grams @ Mong Kok

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Flat White

I was #18 @ 18 Grams <3 br="">
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Their Egg Benedicts are popular here
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It wasn't bad but it wasn't jaw-dropping good either...
(am I in a whiny mood today or what?  ^^|||)

Coffee Academics @ CWB

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My first time trying ice-dripped distilled coffee, in a wine glass no less!
Pretty pricey (~HKD$100) but I wasn't sophisticated enough to enjoy it.

(I ended up having to add milk in it, which is a big no-no but that's the only way I can finish it)
It was sour to me, even though the barista said the bean isn't (It was the Geisha bean)
I felt like drinking Chinese herbal medicine... LOL
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This by contract looks and tastes better to me XD
I will stick to latte next time... 

Address: B04, 56 Dundas Street, Gala Place Basement, Mong Kok 
Tel: +852 2770 1339 
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Address: 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2156 0313
Hours: Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm 
           Fri - Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 am 
           Sun: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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