Some of us can’t survive without coffee – and we mean good coffee at that. If you’re a little more than picky about your java, here are the best coffee roasters to get your caffeine fix in Hong Kong.
We’re so blessed to be surrounded by talented people in Hong Kong. Whether it’s outstanding jewellery designers or the chicest fashion brands, the local scene is always bubbling with creativity. And when it comes to the global trend of all things coffee, how can we not mention these wonderful roasteries on our doorstep? So, read on for our picks for the best coffee roasters in Hong Kong.
Our fave coffee roasters in Hong Kong
1. Coffee Roasters Asia
It’s in the name, guys – these people are the coffee roasters of Asia. The Asian and Hong Kong based counterpart of Coffee Roasters Australia, Coffee Roasters Asia started as a supplier of commercial roasting equipment. They have since expanded to being the go-to for all sorts of coffee-making tools, premium java beans, and wholesale coffee. Apart from single origin coffee and blends, Coffee Roasters Asia also offers its own cold brew and drip bags – perfect for those stuffy days back at the office.
Coffee Roasters Asia, 10/F, Aberdeen Industrial Building, 236 Aberdeen Main Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, p. 3468 2118
2. Craft Coffee Roaster
Founded by Lok Chan, the World Cup Tasters Champion in 2017, Hong Kong-based Craft Coffee Roaster is seriously committed to what it does. Aiming to present the seed-to-cup journey through its beans, the team at Craft makes annual visits to coffee farms around the world to better understand the practices at different origins. From planting and harvesting, to processing and shipping, we love how Craft insists on sustainable and transparent coffee-making. Because, not only are its beans consistent in quality, but its sense of social responsibility is also like no other.
Craft Coffee Roaster, 29 Tai Kok Tsui Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 5109 6770
3. Hazel & Hershey Coffee Roasters
You won’t miss Hazel & Hershey’s blue, distinctive storefront when you’re out and about in the neighbourhood. This local coffee roaster imports green coffee beans from various origins, including Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Brazil. Then, the beans are roasted in Kwai Chung, before being served at the shop in Soho. If you like to make your own brew at home, Hazel & Hershey has you covered with its range of coffee tools and accessories.
Hazel & Hershey Coffee Roasters, Shop 3, 69 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3106 0760
4. Roasters Alchemy
You’d recognise Espresso Alchemy with all its branches in town, but did you know that Roasters Alchemy is the powerhouse behind the scenes? The artisan roastery and concept cafe in Kwai Chung roasts premium beans in small batches to ensure freshness. Apart from its single origin beans, Roasters Alchemy offers two different house blends. One is the Alchemy Blend for those who prefer a medium-heavy body, with hints of walnut, chocolate, and caramel. The other is the Lollinut Blend, which has heavier floral and berry notes.
Roasters Alchemy, Unit 1, 3/F, Wing Hang Industrial Building, 13-29 Kwai Hei Street, Kwai Fong, Hong Kong, p. 3749 3980
5. NOC Coffee Co.
At NOC, it’s more than just the ~aesthetic~. Believing that roasting coffee is both an art and a science, NOC goes beyond minimalist designs and delectable plates; it strives for the best coffee, made from the finest beans mainly from South and Central America, and Africa. To create seasonal blends, NOC tests and experiments with each variety of beans to find the perfect balance. Furthermore, the roastery uses cutting-edge technology to achieve accuracy and consistency. You’ll find machines like the Giesen W15A and W1A, a Coffee Roast Degree Analyser, and the Cropster software at NOC.
NOC Coffee Co. (Roastery), Shop 4, G/F, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 3611 5300
6. Bike Coffeeman
Coffeeman (a.k.a. Ah Yat) is an experienced barista, with over a decade of industry experience under his belt. Inspired by how the bike is an essential part of everyday life for the people in Peng Chau (and himself), Ah Yat started his personal brand, Bike Coffeeman, in 2020. Since then, he’s been roasting all kinds of single origin coffee beans in his micro-roastery in Peng Chau (called 炒豆 Caau2 Dau2, which means roasting beans in Cantonese). You may find Ah Yat serving coffee and hosting workshops in Peng Chau, or you may catch him cycling around the city.
Bike Coffeeman, 27 Wing Hing Street, Peng Chau, Hong Kong, p. 6532 4161
7. Ninetys Roastery
Your favourite cafe and restaurant, Ninetys, is now roasting its own beans! Using the Giesen W6E, Ninetys’ young team of coffee roasters is on a mission to conquer your tastebuds. With a high score of 95 in the Coffee Review 2021, the Fruity Blend is an unmissable treat for coffee enthusiasts. In addition, you can try Ninetys’ single origin beans, many of which are also roasted locally.
Ninetys Roastery, Shop 116, 1/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2167 8684
8. Urban Coffee Roaster
Striving for utmost quality and consistency in all its beans, Urban Coffee Roaster (U.C.R.) has a strong team to oversee every stage of coffee production. Founded in 2014, this local brand has been supplying freshly roasted specialty coffee beans to home brewers and retailers around Hong Kong. Unlike most other roasteries on the list, U.C.R. uses the Loring for its beans. Not only is this machine more energy efficient, but it also gives a fuller body and adds a slight sweetness to the coffee. With a variety of beans (and equipment) to choose from, those who can’t make a decision can opt for a subscription. Treat yourself to three different types of hand-picked, curated coffee beans each month!
Urban Coffee Roaster has multiple locations across Hong Kong.