It's been 2 years since my last visit to Hong Kong, and in that time a number of third wave cafes and roasteries have sprung up across the island. I had a chance to visit some of them last week, starting with 18 Grams, in my old neighbourhood - Causeway Bay.
The cafe itself is quite small, but that hasn't stopped 18 Grams from coming up with a good selection of coffees and deserts. The use of space is clever - a countertop along the outside of the cafe gives it the feel of an Italian stand up espresso bar, while the table and stools in the laneway outside remind me of a Hong Kong da pai dong, but with a contemporary feel.
As for the staff, I noticed that they are quick to notice and to serve customers. They also know their product, suggesting a ristretto as a follow up after I had ordered an espresso - this may seem like a small detail, but it's one of many things that are done well at 18 Grams.
One of everything please