Cafe Reviews

Café review: Lof10, Mid-Levels (Hong Kong)

 Lof10 Outside

Lof10 Outside

Lof10 was hard to find, but it's worth the trip. Essentially, look at the pin on Google Maps, then keep walking around that area until you finally see it. Persevere. You'll be glad.

This is an unassuming little cafe, tucked away on a quiet street where I believe not a single car went past in the entire half hour I was there. The baristas know what they're doing, and served me an excellent macchiato. Presentation, extraction and textured milk dose were spot on. The coffee had that bright warm acidity that's in vogue now, and went well with the quality milk. There was no latte art, unfortunately (maybe I didn't sweet talk them enough...)

 Lof10 Macchiato (no latte art!)

Lof10 Macchiato (no latte art!)

Lof10 does a few little things to make sure their espressos are a cut above. Firstly, they brew with their own particular water (Boxed Water) to ensure the extraction is correct. Secondly, they serve espresso blends using Blue Bottle coffee, imported roasted and brewed a week after roast date. While there are more and more quality local roasters, none I have encountered yet matches the international specialty coffee scene. Thirdly, they brew on a Victoria Arduino, a less-hyped beast of a machine that's as gorgeous to look at as is the espresso that drips out. Importantly, Lof10 ONLY serves espresso drinks. I don't know if they'll add other brew methods later (they hinted they might).

The ambience of Lof10 is peaceful and airy - reportedly replicating the loft environment of the founders' former LA pad. The crowd are quiet, all reading or using computers/smartphones - not chatty, so perhaps not a great social spot (based on my one visit), though I will certainly try to take people back.

Lof10 is hidden away at 1 U Lam Terrace in the Sheung Wan area and is open from 10am-7pm 7 days a week.