Espresso adventures in the Far East - Page 5

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Postby Epic76 » Jun 18, 2010, 9:46 pm

Henry,
Thanks for those! I spend a lot of time in Shanghai and they will come in handy.

OP,
DiBella roasters have opened in Shanghai. Whilst I can vouch for their quality in Australia I haven't been to their Shanghai branch and thus, your report will be the first :)

http://dibellacoffee.com.au/distribution/di-bella-coffee-china.html

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Postby hbuchtel » Jun 21, 2010, 3:36 am

I know of two other good roasters in mainland China - Arabica Roasters in Beijing and Yomo Coffee in Shanghai.

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Postby aindfan » Oct 04, 2011, 10:20 am

Henry and all,

Any updates to your suggestions on good espresso in China? Any tips you have for Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'An, and Chengdu would be great!

Thanks in advance!
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Postby aindfan » Oct 08, 2011, 10:42 pm

Greetings from Cafe Zarah in Beijing! The cappuccino here was very good, but the espresso was mediocre (but drinkable and better than anything that I had in Vietnam or the south of France).
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Postby ho.ho » Oct 09, 2011, 2:37 am

There's Fish Eye Cafe in the Village at Sanlutun in Beijing. I haven't had anything recently there but they use Ritual's seasonal espresso beans which they get delivered weekly. Over in 798 there's Cafe Flat White. Again, I haven't tried it but they use a local roaster's beans which I do enjoy (Rickshaw Roaster's). I usually just buy beans and enjoy making my own espresso in the morning.

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Postby aindfan » Oct 10, 2011, 10:18 am

Wow! Thanks for the FishEye cafe suggestion! It was great to have Ritual Coffee this far from the US and to drink a great shot from a non-Marzocco machine (Reneka?). Sanlitun Village was certainly an interesting place to pass through.
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Postby chang00 » Apr 13, 2012, 2:02 am

Some update of coffee adventures in Taiwan.

Many shops roast with the Feima/Yang Chia machines. Often the cafes are located in small alleys. Often I could not actually "see" a point of interest standing just yards away from it, despite GPS.

The first day I went to Jeanlook Cafe, literally just downstairs from the apartment we were staying at near the Taipei City Hall. The barista weighed the beans on a scale:
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Not too far from Jeanlook, another place called Cafe Sole which is located at a decommissioned tobacco factory. Hopefully fewer people smoke therefore the factory had ceased operation. Notice the cup from one of our favorite green bean suppliers?
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I now know why the many high end specialty beans are so expensive. To promote a coffee book, the Panama Geisha is used as promotional gift. I tried the coffee as drip....it was actually quite decent, with the typical floral aroma, just not fresh. What a waste!
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Tiamo's retail shop:
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Typically I would not associate decent espresso at a hotel. But since it was included with the morning breakfast buffet, why not. It was roasted a bit dark, probably in the southern Italian style, but actually not that different from what I remember from Italy many years ago....
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Tea cup at a museum. I thought it could be used for cappuccino.
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To get to places, we used mostly public transportation. This is Taiwan's high speed rail. I wish we have such a system. Imagine going from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 90 minutes.
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Many cafes roast their own. Here is one that roasts with Feima 801N.
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As usual, what is coffee without good food? I know it is not healthy to eat deep fried stuff, but this deep fried shrimp roll was really, really good.
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And raw fish....
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Postby SlowRain » Apr 13, 2012, 10:02 am

Do you have their addresses, or else links to their websites?
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Postby Marshall » Apr 13, 2012, 10:25 am

SCAA has opened a Representative Office in Beijing, and barista and roaster training are under way. The interest in coffee in Asia is intense.
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Postby aaronb » Apr 13, 2012, 3:07 pm

Great thread!

I'm off to Asia for a few months soon I think, does anybody have some recommendations for good coffee shops in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Borneo or Cambodia? Too long to be without good coffee!
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