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Coffee Area Coffee House 珈琲院 (Taiwan –Taichung)

On the 3rd day of our sponsored Whirlwind 5D4N trip to Taiwan, we arose bright and early to make the best of a beautiful day. Seriously, a blue sky day with cold crisp air just makes my heart sing! I was all raring to venture out, but we had to pack our tummies with a little something first because the 1st stop of the day was to go coffee tasting!

Coffee Area Coffee House (15)

Actually, we didn’t just get the opportunity to sample freshly brewed coffee, we got to witness the ENTIRE coffee roasting process from bean to brew!

Coffee Area Coffee House (6)

This is the boss of Coffee Area. He is an extremely jovial character, with a rather humorous streak. The shop is only open from Wednesday to Sunday. We visited on a Tuesday and we heard that he’d specially opened his shop just for our visit. This is a rare treat because we were told that Taichung people are laid back, many of whom work for fun and not for a living. You will find that when you are in Taichung, shops may not open all hours of the day just to cater to customers or to generate the most amount of profit. On the contrary, people are friendlier than in Taipei.

Don’t mind the camera man at the back. He filmed us the whole of our third day in Taiwan. Felt a little like a celebrity! Smile

Coffee Area Coffee House - Portable mini coffee roasting machine (4)

This is the portable roaster. I used to think that coffee roasting was a very complicated process best left to the experts, but after viewing this contraption work its magic, I feel compelled to purchase one of these babies.

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Yahava Koffeeworks

Tucked away in an obscure corner of Singapore is the Yahava KoffeeWorks of Singapore. Yahava KoffeeWorks specialises in selling coffee beans, and specifically, this Yahava KoffeeWorks in Singapore is the branch of the main Yahava KoffeeWorks in Perth Australia.

When I was in Perth in September 2010, Yahava was one of my pit stops on my way back from Margaret River. The Partner, who loves his coffee and grinds his own coffee from beans sold by shops such as Yahava brought back a sackful last year. So upon realising that these beans had magically transported themselves to Singapore, we lost no time in paying the Yahava Singapore a visit.

Yahava KoffeeWorks is different from other coffee purveyors in Singapore in that they will assign you a barista (not sure if that’s the right term to use) who will then ask you for your coffee preferences and recommend you the relevant beans. All this takes place at a special area just for coffee tasting. The coffee is made fresh right in front of your eyes. For us, we tried up to 6 different types of coffee beans before making our choice. And guess what, all this is free!!!

Yahava Koffeeworks - Fahmi and Colleague

The people here are very friendly and eager to share their knowledge. Check out the 4, no wait 5, bags of coffee we bought plus a bottle of instant iced-coffee which I gave to my colleague as a house-warming gift.

Yahava Koffeeworks - Fahmi preparing the coffee samples

This is Fahmi, preparing the brew for us. He LOVES coffee. I think he mentioned that he drinks a gazillion cups a day. I’m not so sure whether that’s good for health, but certain, you’d want him as your staff if you own a coffee place.

Me at Yahava KoffeeWorks

That’s me enjoying my cuppa. As with wine, I’m not really good at detecting the subtle differences in flavour. I just have a generic light bulb that goes off in my head that says “Mmmmm” when it’s the right one. Maybe I should attend some classes to get better at it.

Yahava Koffeeworks - Roasted Coffee Beans (3)

Sacks and sacks of coffee beans. Coffee beans can keep for quite a while if you don’t grind them up. Once ground, they can keep for only 2 weeks as they go sour. Same case for coffee that’s been in a pot for too long. That’s why I can never understand how people drink coffee-pot coffee that’s been sitting 2 hours, you know like at seminars and stuff.

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