Anyone else here into coffee?
I went to a coffee shop in the southern part of Taichung City, close to Chung Hsing/Zhong Xing University. It's called Sweet Cafe. It's very small, but quite new looking. There are just a few chairs at the bar and a very small table with two chairs--
that's all the seating
. He also has seating on the second floor. Two things stand out about this place. One is the classy-looking Diedrich coffee roaster right at the front for everyone to see. If you're lucky, he may be roasting while you're there (don't worry, the smoke from the roaster gets exhausted outside). The other highlight is the espresso blend. It recently received a score of 91 points in November's edition of Coffee Review
. There has been some criticism of how Coffee Review prepares espresso for analysis, but that's not a huge issue for us average folk (some espresso geeks are fanatical--to the point of taking the joy out of the beverage). I think it's a good espresso to try, especially for people who aren't used to espresso--certainly a better first step than either Orsir or Retro/Mojo (not that either of their espresso is bad, it's just not what I would recommend for a first shot). If Sweet Cafe's espresso seems a bit bitter right after it is made, just wait 30 seconds to a minute--the flavor will change. They also offer vac pot/syphon coffee in addition to cappuccinos and lattes, but I'm not sure what else; and they sell whole beans by the 1 pound bag for home brewing. An espresso is NT$90; a cappuccino is NT$110.
The only weird thing is their opening hours: 3:00pm - 11:00 pm, closed Sunday and Monday. http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/taichungcity-sweetcafe
156-8 Guo Guang Rd., South District (Ying Cai Rd. becomes Linsen Rd., which then becomes Guo Guang Rd.)Link to Google Maps
Also, for people who may like a bit of berry flavor in their coffee, Cafe Lulu has a nice natural-processed Ethiopian Sidamo Korate. For a bit of a nutty flavor--at least when brewed in a French press--check out their Brazilian Daterra Sunrise.EDIT:
My mistake, there is seating on the second floor as well.