[QUOTE=Grinnie Jax;3874399 than average HK premium cafe, and it costs only $11HK for a cup of "fair trade" coffee. In bloody dictatorship! Why on Earth HK coffee scene is so weak and inflated?[/QUOTE]
High rent prices. Very little of the price you pay for a cup of coffee is the beans. I doubt it's more than HK$1-2. Milk is expensive but most real coffee nuts don't add milk I think.
Since I moved out of HK and now have a proper sized kitchen, have experimented a lot with coffee - hand grind vs machine grind, drip, continuous pour etc.... I basically think it's all bollocks and the only things that matter are how recently the beans were roasted, and how recently & well they were ground. The rest is just frippery.