The best cups of coffee usually come from artisan roasters serving single origin beans. But in coffee starved Hong Kong, you have to take what you can get. With this in mind, I decided to give the local outlet of the illy ‘Espressamente’ franchise at K11 a try.
And the gamble paid off. It’s not a coffee that is going to change your life and the taste is typical illy, however the baristas are obviously well trained and turn out impeccably smooth coffee with perfectly foamed milk. Overall, a very rewarding cup of coffee, despite illy’s lack of character next to the best single origin beans you might put them up against.
With a range of food options on the menu using high quality produce, for those craving a proper western cafe experience among Hong Kong’s clutter of Starbucks and other middle of the road coffee franchises, you will find it here.
The franchise has been meticulously designed in a very modern, bold and attractive style, but it’s not the most homey feeling cafe you’ll ever walk into. Nevertheless the music is pleasant, jazzy and unobtrusive, and the staff polite and attentive.