Cupping Room Coffee Roasters review: Nordic sandwiches and other pastries at student-unfriendly prices

Jojo Yuen
  • The latest cafe from the group that also runs Smoke & Barrels and La Vina Bakery is quiet and convenient
  • The prices and solemn air at this Causeway Bay outlet make it better suited to office workers than teenagers, unless you need alone time
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Try the smorrebrod, a Nordic-style open sandwich. Photo: Jojo Yuen

Cupping Room Coffee Roasters Shop 305-306, 4/F, Lee Garden One, Causeway Bay Instagram: @cuppingroomhk

Grub: Authentic Western-style cafe food and Nordic-inspired open-faced toast, along with a variety of baked goods. There’s even the option to select your preferred water and specific dripper for your hand-drip coffee.

Vibe: The new branch in Causeway Bay has a slightly different feel to the ones in Sheung Wan and Central. It’s in Lee Gardens One, surrounded by offices, so the atmosphere is more business-like and almost solemn.

There are tables with comfy stools, as well as single armchairs and coffee tables, and the cafe is designed with a monotone palette, giving it an even more serious air. A large cabinet of coffee equipment showcases the cafe’s collection.

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Who to take: It’s a good place to spend some time alone. Since it’s exceptionally quiet, and everyone is either working or talking business on the phone, it’s the perfect spot to bring a laptop and get some work done.

It’s also nice to pass time watching the baristas focus on the hand-drip coffee in the making, or walk around the mini exhibition of coffee-making equipment.

There’s a wide range of delicious - if slightly pricy - pastries. What’s hot: The new branch offers Nordic-inspired open-faced toasts, or smorrebrod, with ingredients like smoked salmon freshly delivered from sister eatery Smoke & Barrels. There are options like red shrimp salad, pan-seared scallop, pork belly, and pastrami.

There’s also plenty of sweet pastries, like danishes, croissants and pound cake loafs from La Vina Bakery, another one of the Cupping Room company’s ventures.

There are also two pasta dishes on offer: spaghetti with garlic creamy sauce and tagliatelle aglio e olio.

We tried the spaghetti, which was al dente and topped with tender chunks of chicken. The spaghetti is slightly chewy and rich and absorbs the garlic sauce well, making every bite creamy and delicious.

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What’s not: The business-like vibe can feel a bit tense, so it’s not a place to go to destress. atmosphere. It’s not a great place to chat openly, especially if you’re used to more relaxing, homey cafes.

What’s more, the prime location and high-priced ingredients means the bill is a bit on the high side, especially for students who don’t spend their time here striking business deals.

Cost (Soft opening menu): The eggs Benedict is HK$108; different types of Smorrebrod (open-faced toast) are HK$118 (+HK$8 for some options); signature pastas are HK$118-HK$128; drinks are HK$30-HK$78.

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