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Urban Coffee Roaster revisited

A cup of flat white
A cup of flat white

Last year, with my friend's recommendation I went to Urban Coffee Roaster (UCR). It's a special coffee shop with a backpacker hostel Wontonmeen. I was so impressed at that time since they decorated there with the combination of old Hong Kong stuff, and there was a coffee cart in it. The owner was friendly, and the place allowed people to easily chat with each other too. UCR then renovated there and opened its second shop in Tsim Sha Tsui. I visited the first shop again afterwards, and it still surprises me a lot!

The cart has gone, and it has been replaced with a bar table with a few seats. There is also a newcomer called Book B, which is an independent bookstore selling good zines and magazines from overseas, as well as beautifully made accessories. A door separates the hostel and the coffee area but in most case customers can see inside, and they can come in especially if they need to go to the toilet. The decoration of the hostel with traditional Hong Kong elements is still maintained.

The new style doesn't completely kill the experience I had in the past completely. Chats with staff and other customers are still possible. Coffee's quality is guaranteed too! Sure you will have a great afternoon time if you come here.

In a cafe, I said a cafe should be more than a cup of coffee. Coffee is just a beginning, whereas meeting (great) people in a small place is far more important, talking about amazing coffees, talking about life, talking anything! UCR here is a place like that in my city where I am living.

去年在朋友的推薦下,拜訪Urban Coffee Roaster(UCR)這間與「雲吞麵」背包旅館一同經營的咖啡店。除了裝潢融入傳統香港元素(集合香港舊物件)外,還有一輛小小的咖啡流動車。還有的是,這裡老闆健談,且人們即使不認識也會互相聊天。期後UCR重新裝潢以新形象示人,同時也在尖沙咀開設第二間分店,再臨首店時,它仍讓我感到驚喜!

雖然那流動車被吧枱所取代,同時有一半位置作為獨立書店Book B售賣本地及海外的(獨立)雜誌以及精美的文具和配件。「雲吞麵」的香港風格大致保留,現在有道門把旅館和咖啡店隔開,但是一般而言相信是打開的,顧客還是可以進去,因為廁所在裡面。

新風格不代表不能再有過去我到訪的經驗。一樣也是有聊天的空間和機會,一樣也是好喝的咖啡,一樣是午後的好時光!

在咖啡店》一文我曾說過:咖啡店意義不止於喝好咖啡,還有拉近人與人之間的距離:分享咖啡心得、分享生活、分享各方面⋯⋯UCR相信是香港其中一間不只喝好啡,也能認識別人的咖啡店。

 

The coffee cart in the past
The coffee cart in the past
The common area of Wontonmeen
The common area of Wontonmeen
The new coffee shop is now with a bookshop area.
The new coffee shop is now with a bookshop area.
The bookstore is called Book B
The bookstore is called Book B
The bookstore doesn't only sell books but also accessories.
The bookstore doesn't only sell books but also accessories.
The seat has its theme: coffee is not necessarily bitter but with a lot of taste and flavor out of your expectation!
The seat has its theme: coffee is not necessarily bitter but with a lot of taste and flavor out of your expectation!
There is a "tap" in front of your seat which can hang your backpack or bag. Lovely!
There is a "tap" in front of your seat which can hang your backpack or bag. Lovely!
A cup of flat white
A cup of flat white
Hand-drip coffee
Hand-drip coffee
 

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Operating hours | Weekday 12:00pm - 9:00pm ; Weekend 10:30am - 7:00pm