Growing 'green beans' into leaders

Late one evening at a Starbucks store, a lady traveller was looking for a coffee mug as a souvenir for her daughter - a ritual she followed on every trip. The store manager told her it was out of stock and suggested she come back the next day.

Friday, 6 July, 2012, 12:00am

Baristas need recipe nous and patience

Milk tea from cha chaan teng was once Hong Kong's favourite drink, but these days, coffee is gaining in popularity, says May Man, barista course director at Coffee Lover.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Cafe society raises the bar

Coffee shops around Hong Kong have become popular places for people to socialise with friends, read newspapers or surf the internet. Despite the city's mainly tea drinking culture, the popularity of coffee has grown rapidly over the past decade.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

He's not Uncle Russ, but Nepalese owner knows his coffee

Y.B. Rai's roasting-to-riches story began when he started working with Uncle Russ Coffee as a barista almost 20 years ago.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Chance to impress

HOFEX presents several events where people can participate and learn about the industry. The Hong Kong International Wine Challenge (HKIWC) was started in 2009. It is co-organised by the Hong Kong Sommelier Association and this year has received more than 250 entries from such countries as Chile, France, Hungary, South Africa and Austria to compete within their own category.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

Chain out to give coffee lovers an instant buzz with launch of granules from the sachet

Instant coffee has a new look with the launch of Starbucks VIA, a line of 'ready brew' coffee granules in sachets the brand says will give java-heads 'great coffee on the go'.

The company says the product name is a play on Don Valencia, the man who started researching instant coffee for Starbucks 20 years ago.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

bean scene

After you've had your afternoon caffeine dose, how about using the ensuing energy surge to boost your coffee savoir-faire? Few people in Hong Kong are as dedicated to java culture as Felix Wong, co-owner of Coffee Assembly. Besides roasting custom blends for Hong Kong's artisanal coffee houses and repairing espresso makers, Wong holds work-shops for the public at his Kwun

13 May 2007 - 12:00am

Make mine a comedy

A group of teenagers have written a comedy called Tall Iced Low Fat Mocha Frapuccino, No Whip!, about the lives of ordinary people who go to coffee shops. The Faust World production will be presented on May 21 and 22.

Callum Wilson, a 14-year-old student from the Chinese International School, plays one of the five baristas in Barstucks.

29 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

The making of a barista in 24 hours

If coffee is the new wine, then hotels and restaurants will soon be hiring experienced baristas the way they import sommeliers.

A school in Hong Kong promises to train homegrown staff to be world-class baristas.

Barry Yuen, director of the Coffee and Tea Academy of Hong Kong, provides beginner and professional courses for the coffee curious.

25 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


1985: Visited coffee farms in Southeast Asia, which sparked his interest in coffee

1987: Learned about coffee plantations and brewing in Southeast Asia

1990: Opened two coffee farms in Southeast Asia

1999: Studied coffee making at an Italian professional academy

20 May 2005 - 12:00am