Hong Kong’s very own caffè HABITŪ is celebrating its fifth anniversary in a big way with the opening of caffè HABITŪ Coffee Academy and Roasting Studio! As one of the world’s first coffee appreciation studios available to the public, caffè HABITŪ Coffee Academy and Roasting Studio is hoping to cultivate the growing interest in coffee culture in Hong Kong.
Located on a relatively quiet street in Causeway Bay, caffè HABITŪ Coffee Academy and Roasting Studio is a perfect setting for an afternoon of coffee workshops and tastings. The gorgeous 2,500 square foot academy is a converted apartment on the second floor and the eclectic vintage decor gave the space a compelling and inviting atmosphere.
During my coffee tasting workshop, I had the opportunity to learn proper coffee tasting skills and try the world’s most expensive coffee, the Kopi Luwak coffee. The unique way that the Kopi Luwak coffee beans are processed, namely through the digestive tract of Asian civets (those new to coffee like to call Kopi Luwak “cat shit coffee”) and the added enzymes are what makes Kopi Luwak so prized among coffee aficionados. I do admit that the Kopi Luwak certainly did have a smooth and full-bodied taste to it, but I’m not quite the connoisseur of coffee needed to fully discern the appeal of these special beans just yet.
Luckily, the expert baristas of caffè HABITŪ were on hand to help us learn the basics of coffee cupping (the technical term for coffee tasting) and how to discern the different flavors and aromas of the different coffees we sampled. Here is a sample of what Johannes Pong, nightlife columnist for HK Magazine, learned from our Coffee Connoisseur’s workshop.
The goal of caffè HABITŪ Coffee Academy and Roasting Studio isn’t just coffee. The academy is looking to also promote art and a sense of creative community in Hong Kong. The studio will be hosting creative art sessions in conjunction with their coffee workshops, known as “Picasso Meets Espresso.” It’s a great idea and I love how caffè HABITŪ has optimized their studio space for this.
Coffee, art and creative workshops set in a lovely gallery-cum-dream living room space. I think I’m in love with caffè HABITŪ Coffee Academy and Roasting Studio.
Workshops and events at caffè HABITŪ Coffee Academy and Roasting Studio are available by appointment only. Events for private parties are also offered. Please check their website for details and class schedules.
caffè HABITŪ Coffee Academy and Roasting Studio, 128-132 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
(852) 3104 0075
© Connie Hum 2011