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MAGAZINE, February 2002
Chi Lou Gung Yu
7F, 20-9, Da Sheng (Ta Sheng) St.
Tel: (04) 2319-4909
Hours: 10 am-6:30 pm Wed-Mon (closed Tuesdays)
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The owner of Chi Lou
Gung Yu, Ah P, describes this mini coffee shop as an ¡§idea
workshop¡¨. This unique place is located in the Yang Guang
Lu Jun community off of Da Sheng Street, across from the Taichung
Wan Shou Baseball Stadium. To enter, you will have to leave some
identification with the guard on the first floor. Most of its customers
hear about this place by word of mouth.
Chi Lou Gung Yu prepares
its coffee from Java beans imported from the United States. Ah P
is very good at adjusting the strength and flavor of the coffee
to meet individual tastes. Probably the best way to achieve a caffeine
high in a short amount of time is to try the very concentrated double
espresso (NT$90). A less potent choice is the latte (NT$110). A
very unique feature of this place is that Ah P doesn¡¦t
collect money from customers directly, but instead shows them a
donation box positioned strategically next to the door. Customers
may leave as much as they think their time at this coffee shop was
worth. Though this establishment is out-of-the-way, there are always
customers, perhaps because people enjoy Ah P¡¦s kindness
and the feeling of privacy that is hard to find in other coffee