You’ll be on the go during your visit to Hong Kong, but there’s always time for a cuppa. International design magazines are strewn across the main table, and a chandelier hangs from exposed pipes at the hip The Coffee Academics. Try the Classico No. 3 ice drip (served in a wine glass) with flavors evoking chocolate, mint, orange and raisin. If you’re feeling peckish, the cheese platter should do the trick. However, for the best high tea in town, head to the legendary Peninsula hotel. A string quartet serenades you as you pay homage to Hong Kong’s colonial past over your tea, scones and finger sandwiches presented on silver platters. Reservations aren’t available so expect to line up. A strict dress code is also enforced.
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Regardless of how short a trip, this cafe is a must during every trip to Hong Kong.
At Coffee Academics, you not only enjoy your coffee, but you learn about it, too. The owners pride themselves in being experts in specialty beans and teachers of unique brews, and your coffee is often served with a note detailing the origins and flavors of the brew you're about to enjoy.
During a previous visit, the Classico No. 3 ice drip (served in a wine glass, no less) with flavors of chocolate, mint, orange and raisin did just the trick on a hot summer day. This time, I decided to try the earthy JWF Blend from Kenya with notes of plum, banana and grape, and a bit of citrus to round off the fruitiness of the medium body brew. Having it served in a a beaker after being brewed in a Chemex added to the entire experience of the "lesson".
As hours pass, the food menu's addictive curly fries and a delicious cheese plate (there are other heartier dishes, too) help to keep the energy up. When the late night begins to set in, there's also the calming mint tea to accompany you, too.