22, JingCheng 6th St, West District
Hours: 9 am-6 pm
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.
English/Chinese menu. Minimum 1 drink per customer.
Although many Taichung coffee lovers were perhaps alarmed by the recent closure of the popular Mojo Cafe, it turns out that owner Scott Chen was simply moving to this bigger, better Little Europe district location. The simple, mostly-coffee menu has just a dozen hot drinks (including Tea of the Month and Hot Chocolate) and nine cold ones (including flavored Italian Sodas), with the only food being some homemade cookies and pies. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Angel Pu
A. Caffe Latte (NT$120) is the most popular drink and also available cold or flavored (NT$130). Other popular items are the Cappuccino and Brewed Coffee--for which patrons can select their beans.
B. A private home was converted into a very attractive, spacious cafe with 40 seats inside and 12 outside, facing the front lawn. The airy, modern interior is illuminated by big expanses of glass and makes much use of light-colored woods.
C. Scott, who also runs Retro Cafe, poses with his second-floor coffee-bean roaster, which handles about a ton of beans per month--mostly for drinking in his cafes with the rest sold by the bag to customers. Chen only uses Direct Trade beans, purchased straight from farmers in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and other countries.