[Hong Kong] If you are looking for good coffee and Australian-inspired café fare at Hong Kong’s Central, The Cupping Room which is an award-winning small batch specialty coffee shop is often recommended.

It is also one of the first independent coffee shops to open in Hong Kong.

The one along Cochrane Street is the flagship store (located near Mid-levels), and there are outlets at Sheung Wan (Queen’s Road Central), Wan Chai (Swatow Street) with a roastery at Po Hing Fong.

(I been to both the Central and Wan Chai branches, so photos here are a combination of both.)

The Cupping Room is a small cafe with communal seating, and getting a seat could be challenging at certain times of the day due to its popularity and locations.

Open seating is available from 8am – 12noon and 1:30pm – 5pm, as the place is exclusively for lunch from 12noon – 1:30pm.

As seats are limited, they will only seat you if your party (in case you are part of a group) is complete.

My Hong Kong friends who work in the CBD say it is one of the typical places to buy coffee takeaways during lunchtime.

There is also a small bakery where bakes such as Twice Baked Matcha Croissant (HKD40), Almond Croissant (HKD36), Fruit Danish (HKD25) and Lemon Poppyseed Muffin (HKD28) are offered.

Expect to find espresso-based drinks using their House Blend, filtered coffee, tea by the pot (HKD45), cold brew tea (HKD40), and hot/iced chocolate. Coffee is roasted on a Probat UG15 Retro roaster.

If you want to try their filtered coffee, you can choose between House Black (HKD35) and Iced Black (HKD40).

Single Origin Filter (HKD50) is also available using any of their single origin coffees from Kenya, Ethiopia, Colombia, Peru, Rwanda, etc.

The Attaboy is a special blend of beans from Ethiopia and Colombia. Try it in Black (Chocolate, Praline, Blackberry) or in Milk (Almond, Milk Choco).

Coffee was decent, would remind you of Australia’s, though slightly on the acidic side.

Non-coffee options include orange juice (HKD45), rosemary lemonade (HKD45), sparkling water (HKD38), Chai Latte (HKD45/55), Turmeric Golden Latte (HKD50/55), and Uji Matcha Latte (HKD42/48).

The Cupping Room has a changing menu, but is known for their signature pastas and brunch items such as toasts.

The Full Brekky (HK138) with fried eggs, streaky bacon, vine tomato, portobello mushrooms, numburger sausages; and Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon (HKD128) are highly recommended.

This dish comes with poached eggs and smoked salmon, baby spinach, and aerated hollandaise sauce.

Depending on the season, you may also catch their Avocado on Toast (HKD128) served with poached egg, mayonnaise, ricotta cheese, radish, and almond.

Try also their House Cured Salmon on Toast (HKD128), combined with cucumber, lime dill mayonnaise, radish, and pickled onion.

All these are served on a honey malt toast.

If you are looking for a tasty breakfast and good coffee, the Cupping Room is worth a stop.

The Cupping Room – Central
G/F, No. 18 Cochrane St, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2511 3518
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 6pm (Sat), 10am – 6pm (Sun)

The Cupping Room – Sheung Wan
299 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2799 3398
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)

The Cupping Room – Wan Chai
32 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2371 2338
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)

The Cupping Room Roastery
Shop 8, Silver Jubilee Mansion, 62-72 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3705 0208
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)

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