Countless Instagrammers and film crews have captured the iconic architecture of Monster Mansion – a 1960s residential block on King’s Road in Quarry Bay, so named because of its imposing density. The bustling courtyard, normally full of hole-in-the-wall dining spots, hairdressers and DIY stores, now has a sleek, new resident: % Arabica. It’s one of the world’s trendiest chains serving artisanal coffee, and it’s become a symbol of Taikoo’s new wave of cool. We speak with the team behind % Arabica to discuss their vision for this new branch.
What is the philosophy behind % Arabica?
Our philosophy is “see the world through coffee”. We are the fastest growing speciality coffee brand in the world right now. At last count, there are 28 branches of % Arabica cafes in over 10 countries, with more on the way. We nurture young baristas who are dedicated to their craft and we develop them further by enabling them to travel to other % Arabica locations to hone their skills. It is not only our customers who see the world through coffee but also our baristas.
Why have you opened a store in Monster Mansion?
We work with the company’s founder Kenneth Shoji to identify unique spaces in Hong Kong and mainland China, and partner with some of the best designers around the world to create the perfect coffee experience. Monster Mansion strikes us as the kind of sprawling futuristic cityscape that excites the imagination and brings people together.