I’m a bit of a coffee hound. I’ve been in Taichung for 6 years now (I’ve only recently registered on Forumosa.com). There are a couple of good coffee shops here, but not many. The best I’ve found so far is Mojo Coffee and Retro, both owned by Scott. But many of you already knew about those two. One you may not have heard about is Café Lulu, so I’m posting this just to get them a little more attention.
They’re a third-wave coffee shop, and have been in Taichung for about two years, but I’ve only been going for about a month or so. It’s located in a rather small-but-quaint alley, surrounded by some decent restaurants and apartment buildings. The owners are a couple who don’t subscribe to the traditional Taiwanese concept of coffee (extremely dark-roasted, bitter coffee). They prefer lighter-roasted coffees which brings out a more fruity flavor. The shop is small (and a little disorganized), but the selection is worth it. They offer espresso-based drinks, vac pot, moka pot, drip, and iced. The great deal is that, for one price, you can get a second cup (doesn’t include espresso-based drinks). It doesn’t even have to be the same bean or brewing method.
They also roast their own beans to order. They usually prefer lighter roasts, and the owner has a love of African beans, especially Ethiopian. Right now they have a very wide selection of Ethiopian beans, but I think that’s only for a limited time. These beans are very fruity and berry-like and make great iced coffee. The owner’s wife speaks decent English, so ordering and discussing coffee won’t be a problem.
[address: 台中市北區五常街217號; 217 WuChang Street, North District, Taichung City, (04)2206-6866; [color=#FF0000]open 1:00pm - 9:00pm, closed Thursdays[/color]]
Give it a try and post post what coffee you had and what you thought of it.
I get her to make a 6oz. low-temperature cappuccino (the shop usually offers something like an 8oz., but I found the taste was too weak). It’s great. I also had an iced Idido Misty Valley (I think it was ‘Idido’). Very, very fruity. Once the ice melted a bit and the drink was cold, it was all fruit without even a trace of what I have come to think of as the traditional ‘coffee’ taste. Amazing.