Hidden among the dried seafood shops in Sheung Wan is this little gem opened by a coffee obssessive.
The moment I walked in I know this will be my frequent haunt. Knowledgable staff. Good coffee. Cool space to relax and drink. The beautiful La Marzocco espresso machine is constantly tuned, and there is a constantly rotating selection of fresh, single-origin beans from around the world to choose from.
Spoilt by choice I went for the today’s brew – Colombian coffee, made from Condor Popayan Rioclaro Supremo.
Coffee in Colombia is often grown in somewhat high altitudes in the shade of surrounding rubber or banana trees. The mountainous region however with its drier climates sllows the coffee beans to develop and grow with a high quality taste and a rich robust flavour. Freshly roasted Colombian coffee has bright acidity, a heavy body and an intense aroma. This small cup contained the distinct sweet taste and medium strength along with the enchanting hint of nuts and chocolate.
There are other coffee beans for retail as well.
You can get your hands on Papua New Guinea Sigri AA, Guatemala, Brazil Cerrado, and Ethiopia Harrar Star.
As I was in the mood for breakfast food, I took a risk and ordered the scrambled egg with roasted tomato and bacon. And it paid off beautifully.
Even though the plate may look a little bit bare compared to most English Breakfasts you will find in town, the egg was outstanding. The right degree of runniness, moist and eggy. Didn’t expect to find delicious scrambled egg in search of good coffee, but this was a pleasant surprise.
In addition to serving and selling great coffee, Barista Jam also distributes coffee machines, and the upstairs area serves as a showroom with additional communcal seating.
When you visit make sure you get a seat at the bar and the barista-in-residence Don will be more than happy to share his knowledge and his love for coffee with you.
Where are you getting your coffee today? Leave me a comment and would love to hear from you about coffee spots around town and beyond.
Add: Shop D, G/F, 126-128 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2854 2211