La Station – all abord the coffee express

The Place

The name gives it away, but La Station is designed to resemble a subway station in the swankier parts of Paris.  Located just off Queens Road East, finding La Station was initially confusing; firstly it’s around the corner from QRE and its neon sign out front has an arrow pointing away from its entrance.

Once inside, I found a relatively large coffee joint that was dominated by a front counter that held the espresso making equipment, as well as a small area dedicated to some healthy looking foods.  The interior is curved like a subway station of yonder years and the light fittings all scream railway.

One of the few coffee joints in Hong Kong that open at a decent time, La Station opens daily from 7:30 am, which works well in expat heavy Wanchai.  I loved the serious look to the baristas on hand, all wearing aprons that provided a very professional look.

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The Equipment

A huge three group head La Marzocco FB80, in fire engine red and side by side Anfim Ciamano grinders.

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The Beans

Beans sourced from Brazil, Colombia and Ethiopia and La Station uses a local roastery.  There is a house blend and an Ethiopian single origin on offer for you takeaway pleasure.

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The Package

I ordered a house blend latte to begin with, which arrived in a short glass and had a combo heart and rosetta for the latte-art.  The house blend is a combination of beans from Brazil, Colombia and Ethiopia and had a very earthy flavour with a medium body and medium acidity.  The initial taste was of caramel and had a slightly burnt but pleasant undertone.  Interestingly, there were layers to the coffee, with a slightly fruity aftertaste that came from the Ethiopian beans.

My second cup was a takeaway single origin from Ethiopia, which should have had a stronger punch but interestingly was incredibly well balanced.  It was much sweeter than the house blend, with a very fruity taste with medium acidity and a surprisingly light body.  Whereas the house blend started with a nutty caramel taste and faded to a fruity aftertaste, the single origin stayed true from beginning to end.

I really liked the coffee from La Station, mainly because I was not really expecting to find a great coffee there.  The team of baristas were very interested in the coffee and I overheard them critiquing themselves as they were making the various coffees from the reasonably busy cafe.

Next time I need an early morning coffee, I’ll be straight back.

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The Rating

The Details

Where: 248 Queen’s Rd East, Wanchai (but it’s around the corner)
Web: https://www.facebook.com/LaStationCoffee/
Cost: Very Reasonable
Visit: Good for an early start (open from 7:30)

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