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--By Uvia Chang Translated by Cara Steenstra
This is cafe Orsir's 13th year in the
coffee business, as they live by their motto that "good
coffee is for drinking and not for showing off".
The decor is simple and low-key but the place is always
packed with customers, because they all know where to
find a good cup of joe.
The first floor is piled full of various
kinds of coffee beans, with over 80 choices. Two large
coffee-roasting machines work non-stop and a rich aroma
fills the air. Make any purchase of a half-pound of
coffee beans or more and you can have your beans roasted.
Many of the beans here are top-quality beans from coffee-bidding
markets. There are also drip-method, coal-roasted beans
available. Special charcoal is used to give the beans
their long-lasting, coal-roasted aroma and sweetness.
Notably, these beans are all locally roasted and not
imported as such.
For drinking coffee, there are four
varieties to choose from. The Drip Method Coffee involves
using a filter for dripping; it reflects the coffee
beans' original qualities, with a medium-strength drink
that is lower in caffeine content. The Siphon Method
gives a stronger taste and higher caffeine content and
is also a hotter drink. The Classical Siphon Method
Coffee uses a special instrument to make a larger quantity
of coffee each time, so that the flavor is a little
milder than the Siphon Method. There are also Espresso
Style Coffees for you to choose from.
The house special is the Orsir Iced
Coffee (NT$100) which probably suits those who prefer
a stronger flavor. If you like the taste of milk, have
a latte or a cappuccino. Some people come all the way
from Taipei just for a cup if coffee at Orsir and it's
easy to see why.
Tiramisu, cheese cake and Italian puddings
are available for NT$50 each. The cafe also holds regular
coffee seminars, and coffee aficionados can come here
every Friday night between 7:30 and 9 p.m. For NT$100
per person, you can come and interact with other coffee
fanatics, make your coffee or chat with volunteer lecturers
about coffee. If your interests are deeper, you can
also consider joining their other courses which offer
further study of coffee.