Like the coffee snob that I am, here is the result of the coffee tourism I did in Taipei.
- Coffee Sweet
No. 3, Alley 20, Lane 33, Section 1, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 10491
I don’t know if it was my sleepy face, a jet lag effect, or the fact that Taiwanese people are just nice, but even though they did not have English menu, the waitress asked me “black” or “white”, I replied “flat white?” and she smiled and told me to sit.
To be honest, when they brought me the coffee I was a bit unimpressed because it did not have latte art on top. Generally, that’s a big sign that you are in a specialty coffee shop. However, it tasted really good. They took their time to bring it to me and they handed it to me very carefully. They told me the coffee was from Brazil and I noted the taste notes of nuts and milk chocolate.
No. 40, Section 1, Xinsheng North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 10491
This one was recommended to me and it did not dissapoint. I had a bit of a hard time to find it but when I found it I asked for a piccolo and enjoyed a very chilled time charging my phone and chatting with the barista.
He explained to me that the trend in Taiwan right now is to roast darker because people thought they needed “stronger” coffee. Taiwanese people (and most people in the planet) don’t always realise that darker does not necessarily mean stronger.
- Fika Fika Café
No. 33, Yitong Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 104
I was excited to try this particular coffee, it looked good, there was a little terrace and a good colleague had recommended to me. The place itself looked very European. There were lots of people taking pictures. I was really hyped up but unfortunately it was quite disappointing.
I asked for single espresso and it was extremely sour and bitter at the same time. When I entered to tell them that it was not good, I saw that they were cleaning the machine. They asked me if I wanted a new one, but I was on a hurry, so I say thanks, no, but be careful in serving (this sh*t) an espresso.
No. 124, Bo’ai Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100
The morning I was leaving Taiwan, I found this little gem in the midst of a Taipei’s busy street. Behind the bar, there were people working, the place was not too crowded and the vibe was chilled.
In this place, they have a “normal” coffee menu and specialty coffee, as some others do, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was not that much of a difference in price. I asked for a cappucino and I honestly don’t remember the taste notes but I do remember it was a balanced and complex cup of coffee.