connoisseur's paradise at DoRo
472-5, MinQuan Road
Hours:11 am-10 pm
Credit cards not accepted.
---By Alice Wu Translated
by Ann Lee
Let's face it, Taiwan is not known for
its coffee and, for those who love their cup of java,
it's difficult to find a taste that suits one's need.
Enter DoRo, Taichung's answer to caffeine cravings,
and a rebellion against all that is Starbucks.
Located near the corner of JianXing and MinQuan roads,
DoRo is unique in the fact that it caters to specific
tastes. At any given time, the cafe is able to provide
20-plus different take-home varieties of beans from
which to choose. Mind you, these need to be ordered
in advance as the beans are all imported.
All kudos should be directed towards
owner Mr. Liao who, during a trip to Italy, became so
taken with that country's cafes that he decided to pay
homage to them by opening up an emulation right here
in Taichung. For a man with 18 years of experience importing
Costadoro products, it certainly seems the perfect path
to open up a coffee shop serving the same.
At DoRo, one can both order fresh beans
to go, or simply grab a cup and sip at his or her own
leisure. The sit-down menu is not extensive, but everything
offered on it is made with meticulous precision and
care. Nothing comes out of a dispensing machine. Try
the Mocha Latte (NT$90) or Cappuccino (NT$80), both
which come highly recommended from two coffee fiends
and are available in hot or cold varieties. However,
this writer is hooked on DoRo's pot of milk tea (NT$100),
which takes over 10 minutes to prepare but is worth
absolutely every millisecond. As far as snacks go, DoRo's
scrumptious waffles (NT$70 and up) definitely take the
So if you're hankering for a wake-me-up
and don't own a percolator, the next best idea would
be to head to DoRo and sample a coffee or two, all the
while soothing your java-deprived senses with the invigorating
aroma present within its doors.