Organism Coffee King
---By Alice Wu Translated
by Belle Cheng
508, MinQuan Rd
Hours:10 am-9 pm
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.
Smoking section outside.
Let's play the word association game!
What comes to mind when I say "coffee"? Many
would say "tea", which is perfectly understandable.
But what if I were to tell you that another perfectly
legitimate answer would be "perfume"? Not
exactly a natural response but, in the case of this
coffee/tea shop, aptly named Taiwan Organism Coffee
King, the two go hand in hand. Why? Because Taiwan Coffee
owner, Jade (Hsu Tsui Hwa), also operates Floris, a
perfume boutique originating in England and carrying
the Prince of Wales' seal of approval.
But no need to worry; perfume-flavored
coffee is not their specialty. Instead, Taiwan Organism
Coffee King (Taiwan Coffee for short) specializes in
-- you guessed it -- homegrown Taiwanese coffee beans
straight from the backyard of their Chiayi farm. The
owner first opened Floris, but a year ago decided to
put the family-grown beans to work and proceeded to
open up Taiwan Coffee. The result? An original, refreshing
and unorthodox arena for sipping a cup of java. The
open-air seating and "plant-iful" surroundings
create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere despite
the fact that traffic moves mere steps away. Plus, there
is seating available inside the perfume boutique for
those who want to give their noses a new experience.
At the shop, different coffees begin
at a mere NT$40, and that's for a big cup. But coffee
is not the only beverage from which to choose. They
also have a variety of teas (NT$20 and up), slushies
(NT$60) and snacks. This writer highly recommends the
incredibly juicy Fruit Tea (not on the menu), or the
whip-cream-laden Mocha blend, both priced at just NT$50.
Most drinks can be ordered hot or cold, and if you have
the munchies, they also provide toast and waffles (NT$30-60)
in different flavors for nibbling. So, for a welcome
change of "scent"ery, why not try Taiwan Coffee
and see what they have to offer?