By Niang Chen, translated by Ann Lee
88, Lane 155, GongYi Rd; (04)2302-8627
Hours：8 am-10 pm
Cash only. No service charge.
With a simple, relaxing atmosphere and an easy-to-choose-from menu, Forty Cafe sits like an aged, aromatic cup of tea, warming your senses from head to toe. Their plentiful menu boasts coffees and teas from all over the place and even a few snack and meal options. Take a sip of their specially-selected Fermented Tea (NT$180/pot), which has been stored in the best conditions for over six years. Yao-Yao, the owner, recommends their signature drink, Forty Cafe (NT$250); brewed with ripe coffee beans, this drink has a mild floral scent and and a rejuvenating taste.
Other great menu choices include the Tanzania (NT$150); the small, round, coffee beans used to make this drink are grown around Mt. Kilimanjaro and have a somewhat fruity flavor and smooth texture. The Ethiopia (NT$180), uses Yirgacheffe G2 coffee beans, which originate from ancient Arabica trees. Its soft texture and inviting aroma--which fills the room with a rich, caramel smell--seems to seduce anyone who drinks it.
If drinking exotic coffee and really old tea is getting you hungry, Forty also offers a variety of healthy brunch options starting at NT$200; they include freshly-made Vegetable & Fruit Juice, salads, fish/poultry main courses, Mashed Pumpkin and Capers, and Boiled Indigenous Eggs, as well as multi-grain rice and French-style breads. A variety of lunch (NT$300) and dinner (NT$380-550) items are also available. Coming to Forty with friends or by yourself is just like loafing around your own living room--it's a great place to chill and just hang out.