Rating: ★★★★★

Address: Shop C, G/F, Hoi To Court, 15 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣景隆街15號海都大廈地下C舖

Telephone: 2893 8988

http://www.18grams.com/

香港在近幾年開了多家有水準的咖啡店,除了我喜愛的Barista Jam,還有18 grams18 grams已經開了三家,除銅鑼灣之外,在尖沙咀及旺角也有分店。18 grams的咖啡香味濃郁,每家分店也有自己的house blend,銅鑼灣的叫Black Sheep,混合了來自四個不同地區的咖啡豆。他們也供應一系列all day breakfast和自製的甜品和蛋糕,用來送咖啡一流,價錢也很合理。

Hong Kong is becoming increasingly coffee savvy in recent years, which means that there are more decent coffee joints for a coffee-addict like me.

Besides Barista Jam (see my review here) in Sheung Wan which I am a big fan of, 18 grams is another cafe that I go to in the weekends whenever I need my coffee fix. Originally a small establishment in Causeway Bay, 18 grams now also has a branch in Tsim Sha Tsui and one in Mongkok. The Causeway Bay outlet is tiny, but thanks to its quick turnover, I never had to wait too long for a table in the afternoon (but I am not sure what it’s like in the morning). Each branch has its own house blend, and the Causeway Bay branch uses a blend called Black Sheep, which mixes coffee beans from four different regions and has an absolutely alluring aroma. Besides premium coffee, there are also an all day breakfast menu and a selection of delicious house made cakes. The prices at 18 grams are very reasonable, but note that they only accept cash or Octopus card for payment.

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(1) I ordered a Flat White (large, $38), which tasted wonderful and had the perfect temperature and level of frothiness. The beautiful crema was a job well done.

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(2) My friend S ordered a Chocolate Vienna (large, $42), a decadent chocolate drink with whipped cream. It was rich and tasty, but she couldn’t finish it in the end as we also ordered food.

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(3) There was a decent selection on the all day breakfast menu, and we ordered an All Day Breakfast ($98), with toast, scrambled eggs, baked beans and sausages. The scrambled eggs were attractively smooth and runny, and the sausages were fantastically grilled and full of flavours.

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(4) I enjoyed the Duck Focaccia ($62), as the lightly toasted focaccia were light and fluffy, and the smoked duck breast had an excellent taste. My only complaint was that there was a tad too much sauce in it.

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(5) The cakes were accomplished. The Not quite brownie “brownie” ($25) had a layer of chocolate mousse on top, and a thick chunk of nutty chocolate brownie at the bottom –  I loved the different textures in this cake and it was moreish.

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(6) The moussey texture of the Double chocolate cake ($25) meant that it was rich without being overly heavy, and the cocoa flavours were intense but not bitter.

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(7) The New York Cheesecake ($25) was rich and enticing; it was rather sweet, but went perfectly well with my coffee.

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The cafe is small and it could get quite hot if you sit at the tables near the entrance, so I may not come here too often in the summer. Having said that, 18 grams is still one of my favourite coffee shops in Hong Kong and I will be back in autumn!