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COMPASS MAGAZINE, December 2005

Orsir

2-20, WuQuan Road
(04) 2375-0214
Hours:10:30 am-10 pm
http://www.orsir.com.tw/

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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.

 

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