Bare Beans: 13Peel Coffee Bar is the brainchild of the guys behind The Brew Job Coffee in Tai Kok Tsui and Inferno Dynamics coffee roastery. The Central store focuses on serving “naked coffee”, or coffee that has been sourced directly from the farm the beans were grown. By having direct trade relationships and removing the middleman supplier, farmers are able to earn more while roasteries also pay less for coffee, which leads to more ethical sourcing of coffee.
Look and feel: 13Peel is lit up with fairy lights and a marble bar, and has a minimalist, Melbourne-like fit-out. Adding to that minimal theme, there’s isn’t a coffee machine in sight. Instead, there’s a mod bar (an under-bench digital espresso machine). Given the sleek size and shape of mod bars, it would be no surprise if some people mistook them for beer taps from afar.
On the menu: The focus is more on drinks and you can see that through creative coffee options like koffee Saigon ($45) and seasonal caramel apple cider ($50) alongside your regular espresso menu plus cold brew and pour-over. From Monday to Friday, early bird specials are comparable to Fineprint (formerly Peel Street Espresso Bar) with a flat white starting at $30 (add $15 for a pastry or $35 for a ham and cheese sandwich).
FYI: The Loop HK is told 13Peel Coffee Bar is the first coffee shop in Hong Kong to have a mod bar. Other innovations include three Trinity One coffee brewers, an Australian-made, crowd-funded device capable of brewing aeropress, cold brew, and pour-over coffee. 13Peel Coffee Bar joins a shortlist of Hong Kong cafes and bars with a cozy outdoor garden seating area.