Allan Guan of Coffee and Tales


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WHAT? Coffee and Tales is a coffee subscription service, offering a box of freshly roasted beans from a different craft roaster in Hong Kong and Macau each month, and hoping to foster the development of coffee appreciation in Hong Kong.

WHO? Allan Guan is Coffee and Tales’ caffeine-addicted founder. Born and raised in Vancouver, he spent a year in Melbourne before moving to Hong Kong in 2013. “After being exposed to the quality of coffee in Melbourne, I became immersed in the intricacies of specialty coffee,” says Guan, who quickly infiltrated the buzzing coffee scene in Hong Kong, meeting baristas, founders and roasters. Their stories, as well as the fact that there was no simple way to try coffee from different roasters across the city, inspired him to launch Coffee and Tales late last year.

WHAT TO EXPECT “Coffee culture in Hong Kong has grown exponentially in the last few years. There is a notable increase in people who want to understand coffee more, and I want to do my part and support the growing scene,” Guan says. “The [roasters’] untold stories add so much to the experience. I want to give coffee lovers an insider’s look at the industry while giving exposure to local craft roasters.” The subscription boxes come in three sizes – 200, 300 or 400 grams – with two different types of coffee and details about where the beans come from, their roast level and process, and tasting notes. An enclosed card also tells the story of the roaster.

MUST TRIES Guan’s recommended roasters include Inferno Dynamics, Cafe Life in PMQ, Urban Coffee Roaster and Coco Espresso.

WHAT ELSE? Coffee and Tales hopes to broaden people’s knowledge of coffee by offering beans from less well-known roasters in Hong Kong and Macau. The beans are roasted just prior to delivery so subscribers can rest assured that they will enjoy the freshest brews.


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