After a few days of uninspiring coffee in Hong Kong it was refreshing to come across Holly Brown.
With a chain of cafes throughout different areas of HK, Holly Brown roast their own beans in house, including a house blend and some Single Origin varieties. I tried the branch in the up market shopping centre K11 in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The atmosphere was like that of a desert cafe or ice cream shop, which isn’t surprising considering they also seem to specialise in gelato. This decor didn’t give me a sense that this was a serious coffee establishment, but on viewing the menu I felt a little more up beat: a huge range of serving styles and different beverages including my usual macchiato and even affogatos for those with a sweet tooth.
The macchiato was slightly unusual in appearance owing to milk foam that was perhaps a little too thin, it actually looked like an espresso with a very thick crema. Thankfully, the flavour was a pleasant surprise. A slight berry acidity on the finish but smooth overall. Not too much body, but a decent enough coffee that I’d come back for more. I’m told that the House Blend which I tried includes Ethiopian and Brazillian beans among others, but the exact recipe is kept a trade secret. Either way it was a very nice blend.