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Coffeelin, the well-known Italian-style coffee haven in Hong Kong, has opened its fourth venue on historic Oil Street in Fortress Hill. Founded by Lucas Sam in 2018, Coffeelin has been on a mission to infuse the essence of Milanese coffee house culture into Hong Kong's bustling scene.
Coffeelin Fortress Hill, an embodiment of this vision, captures the relaxed yet vibrant ambiance reminiscent of Milan's cafes. The venue, designed by architect JJ Acuna, marries vintage and Memphis styles, offering patrons a unique escape amidst the towering skyscrapers of the city.
At the heart of the brand's appeal is its dedication to delivering an authentic Italian coffee experience. Specializing in espresso, the establishment sources its beans from Torrefazione Il Griso in Milan, creators of La Storica 1991, a secret signature blend. From there, the coffee lounge, manned by skilled baristas, promises a departure from the prevalent Japanese and Australian-style cafes that dominate Hong Kong's coffee scene.
Beyond the coffee, Coffeelin Fortress Hill is also expanding its offerings to include a full-fledged kitchen under the guidance of Executive Chef Umberto D'Avino from Rome, catering to both coffee enthusiasts and foodies alike. D'Avino draws inspiration from his grandmother's recipes, emphasizing respect for ingredients and seasonality. From Roast Octopus Tentacles to a homemade tagliolini pasta, "Italian food is about respect for ingredients and seasonality," explains Chef D'Avino. "My menu reflects that, with occasional surprises to keep diners returning."