Public Opinion on Dante Coffee and Mr. Brown Coffee

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Hey, old guys drink coffee too!
Hey old guys, drink coffee too!
Hey old guys drink, coffee too!

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I approve of all the above. :grin:

Guy

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Are coffee prices at Louisa the same at all stores? Like NT$45 for a long black here in the South . I am not sure it’s same in Taipei? Makes me wonder how they can make money in the high rent areas like on a High street Taipei vs. say Pingtung (Which seems to have the same number of customers)

Some of the special Louisa branches (example: the one embedded in Daan Forest Park Station on the Taipei MRT Red Line) have slightly higher prices than the other third wave shops in Taipei and in Hsinchu.

Based on my experience in Kaohsiung, I don’t think their prices are lower there, but I have not visited enough branches to be certain about this.

Guy

I am just starting to get a glimpse of what these guys are about.

No need to fool around with all the expensive options in this shop. Their focus is on Lao coffee, hence the name of the business. At least at the Heping East Road branch in Taipei, the Lao latte is a dynamic interesting cup—and it’s only NT$50!

The way the shop is set up and the way the workers go about their business is classic Taiwanese. Roasting is apparently done in Taichung. Visiting this shop is like taking a short trip out of Taipei. :slight_smile:

Guy

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No it was not a “bad batch.” As the following thread testifies, that’s really how they roll! :rofl:

Guy

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Can’t beat the Barista chain. Not many of them but good coffee

They appear to be in retreat.

One example among many: the old Barista shop in the Chung Hsing complex at Nangang Software Park has been replaced by a more affordable and more beautifully laid out third wave Louisa store.

Barista beware!

Guy

I haven’t seen a Barista branch in a long while. Mildly surprised they’re still around.

Their Indian latte was my go-to beverage for a long time.

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Louisa is so bad. Not Mr Brown bad, but worse than Cama and SBucks imo. Their brews are too bitter. They have some odd after taste. And their baked goods aren’t as good as SBucks.

I used to never go there, but lately I’m really nostalgic for the no frills workman like brews at Dunkin Donuts. Korea has DDs, how come we don’t?

Also, this skit is hilarious.

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There was some here, seems Mr. Donuts beat out DD to the point they left Taiwan. Mr. D to me has DD like coffee, the Donuts are very different but made for Taiwan tastes and style , ie cute marketing.

I think I prefer Mr D donuts overall (can’t beat the old fashioned). But I do miss DD’s Boston cremes.

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I don’t know if you have encountered a bad Louisa franchise, or not. But based on your account I suspect the you might be simply ordering the wrong stuff. Remember Louisa has two espressos—the cheaper one is frankly unimpressive and does leave an unpleasant aftertaste. The slightly more expensive option (I think in English it’s listed as “Speciality” or zhuang yuan in Mandarin) is delicious with milk, less so on its own. IMHO, it’s vastly better than any coffee served in the standard Starbucks stores in Taiwan (the Starbucks Reserve stores are a different story).

Guy

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My go to place in Ktown used to be this realy really nice cafe. They had an extensive menu of coffee and tea and fruit tea drinks . Really a very nicely done big cafe.
They would randomly put out cakes and cookies during the day and they were all free, all you had to do was to get up and grab some when they put it out. All the drinks were 130nt each but the cakes and cookies were always free (now this is 1995 pricing so maybe 130nt was worth what 230nt now? ). And one time i was thinking i need to go get lunch . This cafe provided nothing resembling food on its menu. But low and behold they came by with a small menu which was from a japanese restaurant nearby with about five bento box you can choose from. The food was super delicious and high quality…would normally be about 250nt at least. I saw no pricing on the menu but i thought what the heck cant be that much ! And when i went to pay i found out the lunch was totally complimentary !!

The cafe only charged for drinks, WHILE the cakes, cookies and LUNCH (if you are there at lunch time between 12 to 2pm) was FREE.

What an INSANE CONCEPT.

The owners must be wealthy people just using their land for SOMETHING until they sold it, which a year later they did. Became a fancy apartment building and the cafe disappeared…it was simply TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE for long.

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Remember where or the name? I will have see if still there?

For what it’s worth @tommy525 is probably looking back to the 1990s.

Like @DKaohsuing said, they were here for a few years and then gave up on the market, perhaps leaving about five years ago? Not sure if they made it to Kaohsiung in those days.

Like I’ve found with many international chains here, I enjoyed their products when they first arrived, but they were soon localized, pleasing … well, apparently no one.

…or earlier. Just finding coffee in Taiwan at that point was an accomplishment! :grin:

Guy

Ha. I remember even in 2000 visiting Taipei from Tainan, and going halfway across the city to pick up Starbucks coffee beans for what felt like half of my Tainan foreign friend circle.

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Can’t remember where this place was
I did say in my post I’m talking 1995
I’m sure known is quite different from 1995

I was last in Ktown briefly in 2012
I’m sure it’s different since then too