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New sustainable café and laundromat opens in Sheung Wan

OK, so the combination of cafes and laundromats isn’t new to the local cafe scene, but this pastel-colored space – essentially a fly trap for Instagrammers – in Sheung Wan stands out by focusing on one element – durability. Founded by siblings Bryan and Cynthia Lok, Clean offers great coffee options as well as self-service washing machines, while ensuring that they remain environmentally friendly and resource efficient.

The coffee only uses Rainforest Alliance Certified or Direct Trade beans. Their current house blend of espresso comes from Brazil and Honduras and is roasted locally in Peng Chau. Unlike most coffee shops, where plant-based milk is usually only an alternate option when ordering coffee, Clean uses Oatly oat milk drink as the default milk, with all of their drinks specially formulated to complement it perfectly (don’t worry, you can request cow’s milk for an additional $ 2).

Clean’s uniquely sourced bean selection is specially curated each season, so coffee buds can always have something new to look forward to. We highly recommend trying the Colombia El Paraiso Luna, where the beans have undergone a two-stage fermentation wash to reveal fruity and floral notes with hints of chewing-gum-like sweetness. And if it’s a ‘coffee-free day’ for you, opt for other drinks like matcha latte and black sesame latte ($ 38- $ 40), or try cascara, a refreshing skin-based herbal tea. coffee fruit ($ 30 – $ 32)).

As for those looking to do their laundry, there are six mint green LG washing machines available. Simply choose a machine to load your laundry, select your machine on a kiosk screen and make your payment, then simply click start and your 40 minute wash ($ 25) or dry ($ 35) cycle will begin. The machines use eco-friendly detergent from Ecos and keep things cashless by only accepting payments through Octopus, Alipay, and Wechat Pay – so you’ll be able to keep your hands off and your own wallets!

Located at 100 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Clean’s Cafe is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the laundromat is open 24/7.

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Richard Dement

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