George House: A temple to the coffee gods
By Niang Chen
Translated by Angel Pu
75, WuQuan W 1st St, West Dist.
Hours: 1-11 pm
Credit cards accepted.
No service charge.
At George House, you will find yourself immersed in a calm, peaceful atmosphere. As you sit there, with the coffee in your cup exuding a variety of rich aromas with hints of grass, spice and leather, you'll realize that this is the kind of place that coffee lovers come to worship at.
George House offers all kinds of coffees from the world's top growing regions, including Jamaica's Blue Mountain, Harar from Ethiopia and Antigua from Guatemala. Among connoisseurs, the above beans have the same cachet as any renowned fashion industry designer label, thanks to ideal growing environments and stable quality.
Besides coffee bean quality, roasting techniques are also crucial and the professional staff members at this coffee house understand everything about the beans they offer, helping them to prepare and offer high-quality coffee that showcases the true flavor of the beans.
After the roasted beans are ground, the baristas can finally demonstrate their coffee-making skills with a siphon coffee pot. To taste coffee, take a sip, hold your breath and then swallow, allowing its aroma to spread from your mouth to your throat and nose. Using such methods helps you to be led into a caffeinated paradise of sorts.
Single-brand coffees range from NT$200 to NT$270 per cup. However, another nice feature of George House is the fact that they aren't afraid to blend different kinds of beans. Regulars are known to make special orders such as, for example, a Dominican-plus-Congo mix. So feel free to be adventurous and creative!