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Coffee in Taiwan – How an Island of Tea-drinkers came to love the bean!

Coffee in Taiwan  Taiwan is historically known for tea, and until the mid 1990’s visiting java junkies had few choices for a bean-juice fix outside of the cheap burnt drip served at Mickey-D’s and a small handful of Japanese shops serving pricey but excellent coffee by the cup, usually brewed using a dual-chambered glass vacuum coffee maker more reminiscent of lab equipment than a kitchen appliance. But the days of precious few choices for visiting bean fields are long gone, and in 21st century Taiwan a perfectly serviceable cappuccino can be bought at any small-town 7-11. A post shared by 7-Eleven Taiwan (@7eleventw) on Mar 28, 2017 at 11:46pm PDT The cities, meanwhile, boast a veritable embarrassment of riches for the traveling coffee lover, and though opinions vary wildly among coffee aficionados from a mix of excellent chain coffee shops like Cama, Louisa and 85° C to smaller boutique shops…

8 Taiwanese foods that you don’t even know you need to try (yet)!

OK, We know what you’re thinking! “Oh no, not another one “must try Taiwan” food lists! Those are so lao geng (老梗,cliché).” But stick with us, because we’re going in a bit of different direction here. You’ve already read about Taiwan’s amazing beef noodle soup, and if you haven’t already crossed stinky tofu off your foodie bucket list by this point, you’ve probably made the conscious choice to stay away from the stuff. So with this list, we’re not going to be mentioning any of those dishes. In fact, to avoid falling into cliche territory, we’ve established some ground rules. (Read more: Food, Glorious Food!) To make this list, an item needs fit at least three of the following four categories: Only found in Taiwan (or at least primarily found in Taiwan). Currently trending in Taiwan, I.e., things we’re seeing in night markets in 2017 that we weren’t seeing 5…

A Day of Tea – Tea Culture in Taiwan

Coffee is my day-to-day stimulant, but I love the tradition, history and ceremony of tea. Having been back in Taiwan for close to six months, it’s high time to make time for a full-day tea tour. We meet our guide and tea expert David at the Maokong Gondola entrance, and within minutes we’re watching the jungle pass beneath us through the glass bottomed gondola. Exiting the cable car, the temperature is several degrees cooler than it had been in the city. We make a beeline to our first stop, a museum overlooking tea fields dedicated to Taiwan’s tea history. Mrs. Szato, the wife of venerable Tea Master Chang (whose expertise dates back to the days of Japanese occupation) takes us on a tour, both of the museum, and of Taiwan’s own tea history. Especially telling are collected paraphernalia from a 1914 Japanese expo touting the quality of Japanese products. It…

Theme Restaurants in Taipei

If you like food AND funny things, there are restaurants in Taipei you must absolutely try. First because it is an occasion to travel to different parts of the city in search for food, and second, because you might never see restaurants like this in your home country! Taiwan is one of those countries that made themed restaurants popular so it would be a shame not to have a look while you stay in Taipei. It was the first time I tried it, and I thought it was quite funny, so here is a selection of three restaurants that you can visit either alone or with kids! Modern Toilets You might wonder, what the hell is that thing? Well, it is a restaurant that has toilets and, in a certain extent, poop as a theme. While certain people might avoid the topic of toilets when possible, some people actually decided…