Archive for the ‘cafe’ tag
Add: No. 41, Alley 248 Taikang Lu (inside Tianzifang)
Tel: 6466 1042
Visited: Dec 2016
In a city like Shanghai, where the F&B scene changes constantly with daily openings and closings, the restaurants and cafes that stick around become all the more rare and precious. Like Cafe Dan. This small cafe in Tianzifang has been there since 2007, and is perpetually filled with the alluring aroma of freshly brewed coffee and delicious Japanese comfort food that I don’t mind going out of my way for.
There are three stories to Cafe Dan. The 1st floor is used mostly as storage, and to get to the seats one must climb up dangerously steep steps to the 2nd and 3rd floors. It’s not an especially spacious cafe, and fills up quickly on weekends.
Add: 5-10-5 Minato, Minami Aoyama, Tokyo / 東京都港区南青山 5-10-5 第一九曜ビル 1F
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 8am-8pm [Sat-Sun] 9am-8pm
Price: coffee 450~750 yen
Visited: Oct 2016
Before we talk about Cobi Coffee, let’s take a look at Bloom & Branch, the select shop that houses the cafe. Bloom & Branch is a boutique with a curated selection of clothing and housewares, highlighting craftsmanship whether it’s a pair of jeans or a coffee cup. Curiously, it’s also got a shoe shine bar called “The Bar by Brift H” installed right at the center of the boutique – very stylish.
南青山有一家非常漂亮的 select shop，名為 Bloom & Branch。這裡除了有服飾、雜貨、咖啡之外，非常有意思的一點是裡面的 “The Bar by Brift H” shoe shine bar（擦鞋吧）。想要保養皮鞋的，不論是擦拭，清理劃痕還是補色，都可以在這裡得到服務，這個一般的合集店可是沒有的。
In the right corner of Bloom & Branch is Cobi Coffee, a sleek little cafe done in seasoned wood, aged brass, and copper. The seating arrangement is modeled after a Japanese tea room, where the host sits at the center and prepares tea in front of the guests. Cobi (古美) translates roughly to “beauty in age”, and this is reflected in many parts of the coffee shop, such as the beautiful copper pot and the ceramic cups in which coffee is served.
而位於 Bloom & Branch 入門口角落的 Cobi CoffeeCobi 也很有自己的風格。（こび）意思是 “古美”，很有味道的一個名字，店裏的裝修和杯具也都是如其名的沈穩古典風格。
The coffee is from Obscura Coffee Roasters, and though they offer espresso drinks, the pour-over coffee prepared through a cloth filter is what they most excel at.
而 Cobi Coffee，則是由位于三軒茶屋的咖啡名店 Obscura Coffee Roasters 打造。這裡有義式咖啡也有手沖咖啡，不過手沖咖啡似乎比較出色。
Add: 3-17-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato Ku, Tokyo / 東京都港区南青山3-17-1
Price: coffee ~500 yen
Visited: Oct 2016
French music + fashion label Maison Kitsuné’s cafe in Paris used to be one of my go-to places with friends when I lived there – the outdoor seating under the green shades of Palais Royal is simply perfect on a nice day. But even before Paris, the first Cafe Kitsuné was actually opened in Tokyo back in 2013, located in the stylish Minami-Aoyama area. We explore.
Maison Kitsuné 是個日法混血的音樂＋服飾品牌，這幾年來也開起了咖啡店。我住巴黎時就很常去 Palais Royal 裡的 Cafe Kitsuné，簡單有型的小店面加上舒服的露天座位，是我和朋友們聊天的不二選擇。不過早在巴黎之前，Cafe Kitsuné 的第一家店其實開在東京，地點就在潮店雲集的南青山一帶。門面相當低調，一不注意就會錯過，得多多留意。
The entrance is not especially noticeable to the passerbys, though most people come looking for it specifically, so it’s difficult to miss. The Tokyo cafe was transformed from a Japanese house, and much of the traditional elements have been kept intact or reinforced, such as by installing tatami and fusumi sliding doors custom-made from a 70-year-old studio in Shimbashi.
The baristas are all clad in Kitsuné fashion, and the music is likewise Kitsuné. The vibe is cool, and business is good – the space has always been filled during the few times I passed by, weekends or not.
咖啡師們穿著 Kitsuné 的衣服，店裡的音樂也是 Kitsuné 發行的專輯，風格從頭到尾貫徹的很徹底。咖啡店生意非常的好，我幾次經過時店內都幾乎坐滿了，不論平日還是周末。
Add: 2-14-1 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo / 東京都 目黒区 上目黒 2-14-1
Price: coffee around 500 yen
Visited: Oct 2016
This time in Tokyo, I visited Nakameguro for the first time. This neighborhood might seem a bit too quiet for those looking for the typical hustle and bustle of Tokyo, but if you, like I, enjoy wandering along small alleyways to discover the everyday life of the locals, you might really like this residential area.
And my reason for visiting Nakameguro was Onibus, a coffee shop and roaster sandwiched between a small park and train tracks. Its founder Sakao Atsushi, an architect-turned-barista, has been attracting coffee lovers from all over the world since he opened his first shop in Okusawa a few years ago, and he named the shop “Onibus” (which means public bus in Portuguese) for exactly this reason – to connect people via coffee.
會來到中目黑，是爲了 Onibus 這家咖啡店。老板坂尾篤史不僅在東京咖啡界是個名人，也紅到了國外 － 我到訪的當天就有從世界各地來喝咖啡的人，包括幾個從加州來的咖啡師。店名 Onibus 在葡萄牙語中是公車的意思，代表著坂尾先生想通過咖啡將人和人聯系起來的概念。
The shop offers espresso-based coffee brewed on a La Marzocco Linea PB, as well as drip coffee done with Hario V60s. For drip coffee, four choices of coffee beans are available: Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia, and Guatemala. I went with the first.
店裡提供義式咖啡和手沖，義式用 La Marzocco Linea PB 做，手沖則是用Hario V60s。我點了手沖，在下面四種豆子中選了 Ethiopia。
Fnji Furniture 梵几客廳
Add: No. 41 Guozijian Street, Beijing
Tel: 010-5367 2899
Hours: 11am-5:30pm (closed on Mon)
Price: drinks 40 RMB+, desserts 35 RMB+
Visited: Sep 2016
Bejing-based Fnji (pronoused “Fanji”) is a furniture brand founded by Chinese industrial designer Gu Qigao in 2000. His pieces, all handmade from wood, make use of the Chinese mortise and tenon joint structure, with designs that bridge between modern and traditional aesthetics. His aspiration? To make furnitures that “age alongside its owners, gaining more character over time as it is passed from one generation to the next”. I visited his showroom in Guozijian and fell head over heels for this beautiful space – it also doesn’t hurt that they have an stylish cafe and a serene courtyard nestled in the back…
梵幾是中國設計師古奇高創立的獨立家具品牌。他們在北京國子監的 “客廳” 融合了中國傳統院落與現代風格，空間分成了雜貨、家具和咖啡三個區域，每一區都是大寫的美。
The boutique showcases designs from both China and Japan, as well as works from Gu himself. The style is simple, stylish, decidedly Asian but with a modern western vibe. No photos are allowed in the showroom so you can either visit yourself and check out their designs online. For now, let’s move over to the cafe. It was very busy when I visited on a Sunday afternoon, and I was fortunate to find the last empty seats in the courtyard.
展廳裡擺放了品牌兩種風格的家具 － 極簡主義，以及線條更爲豐富的新中式風格 － 還有自創的 “生野安室” 雜貨品牌。不過展廳內不能拍照，那就來看看咖啡區吧。我在周日下午人最多的時候造訪，室內座位已全部客滿，還好很幸運的坐到了庭院裡唯一還空著的位子。
Add: No. 61 Wudaoying Hutong, Beijing
Price: coffee 26 RMB+
Visited: Sep 2016
Another cafe worth recommending in Beijing is Metal Hands. Just opened this July, this little coffee shop is settled in the busy Wudaoying Hutong, not far from Barista Coffee Roasters. Mr. Ding, the owner of the cafe, has apparently been in the China coffee scene for over 10 years, and is one of the first to dedicate his time to latte art (though he wasn’t in the shop on the day of my visit).
Metal Hands is not big. The elongated space includes a bar on the right, some seats on the left, and an inner corner with skylight. Concrete walls, wooden furniture, and fresh flowers for decoration. It’s not spacious by any means, but quite comfortable nonetheless.
Metal Hands 的店面不大，狹長的空間右邊是咖啡吧台，左邊是一排靠牆的位子，最裡面有頂著天窗、陽光充足的雙人卡座。乾淨的水泥牆、木色調桌椅、還有點綴的鮮花 － 絕對說不上寬敞，卻倒也舒適。
Add: 80 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Price: coffee 24+ RMB
Visited: Sep 2016
Voyage Coffee is a little dream. Tucked away in the alley of Beiluoguxiang, this small coffee shop had everything I was looking for on a quiet Sunday morning – the smell of freshly grounded coffee, excellent latte, delicious tiramisu, friendly staff, and Mozart’s piano music in the air.
Voyage Coffee 這間咖啡館原本是在798藝術區裏的一個工作室，位于北鑼鼓巷內的店似乎是今年才開的，我在早晨造訪時，空氣裡除了有現磨咖啡豆的迷人香味，還有莫扎特鋼琴曲優美的旋律，令人瞬間心情明亮。
The cafe was renovated from an old building. The original wood structure and red brick walls have been kept, and a giant skylight has been installed to allow in plenty of light. At the center is a bar dedicated to pour overs, allowing guests who are interested to sit there and converse with baristas.
設計上保留了老建築的紅磚和木梁結構，大片的天窗讓空間裡陽光充足。Voyage Coffee 堅持自家烘培，在店裏也有個手沖咖啡吧，方便客人與咖啡師交流。
The Cupping Room (Wanchai)
Add: 32 Shantou Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2371 2338
Hours: [weekdays] 8am-5pm [weekends] 9am-6pm
Price: 30-60 HKD/coffee
Visited: Aug 2016
We happened to pass by The Cupping Room after leaving Omotesando Koffee, and decided to try a cup from this famed cafe as well. Kapo the owner has been winning awards at Hong Kong Barista Championships for 3 years in a row, and has also represented Hong Kong at the World Barista Championships, winning #2 in 2014. His first cafe is in Sheungwan, though apparently he spends more of his time at this Wanchai location.
離開 Omotesando Koffee 後正好路過大名鼎鼎的The Cupping Room，決定再來一杯。老板Kapo曾連續三年在香港咖啡師大賽獲獎，並且于2014年代表香港參加 “世界咖啡大師賽” 獲得第二名，是香港咖啡界的名人。他的首家店開在上環，不過據說他本人經常在灣仔店站台，雖然我到訪的這天沒有看到他。
Elephant Grounds (Wanchai)
Add: 8 Wing Fung St. Wan Chai
Tel: +852 2778 2700
Price: [coffee] 30-68 HKD
Visited: Aug 2016
Occupying this much coveted corner location on Wing Fung Street is Elephant Grounds, a coffee roaster local to Hong Kong. The open store front and warm wooden tones are immediately welcoming, and the interior is equally pleasant with handcrafted furniture by Start from Zero and a custom-made moss wall installation by local plant artist Quest Terrarium. Coffee, anyone?
某天在上環 gough street 逛街時，發現了藏在買手店 Woaw Store 背後 Elephant Grounds。同行的朋友告訴我這家咖啡很不錯，而且冰淇淋三明治非常有名。當天沒時間坐下來，不過幾天後又在灣仔遇見了它。
There is even a bowl of water for pets at the front, how thoughtful.
Add: 24-25,G/F.,Lee Tung St ,Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2601 3323
Hours: [weekday] 8am-8pm [weekend] 9am-9pm
Price: [coffee] 40~60 HKD [sweets] 18+ HKD
Visited: Aug 2016
Omotesando Koffee started out as a pop-up shop in Tokyo’s Omotesando district, situated in a tiny, traditional Japanese home. It became famed for its espressos and cube-shaped designs – logo, work station, and even pastries are cube-shaped – that it eventually stayed for 5 years, until the building became too old to sustain the shop. Cafe owner Eiichi Kunimoto then moved it to Toranomon Koffee in Tokyo’s Toranomon Hills, before he expanded to a second Omotesando Koffee in Hong Kong.
香港的第一杯咖啡，在Omotesando Koffee。這家咖啡館的本店設立于東京表參道，據說本來只是家快閃店，沒想到大受歡迎，一開就是5年。本店因爲建築老舊的原因歇業後，主理人國友榮一開了姐妹店 Toranomon Koffee，以及香港灣仔的這家分店。
The charming surroundings of an old Japanese residential building cannot be replicated in Hong Kong’s Lee Tung Avenue, but just about everything else has been carried over, including Omotesando Koffee’s signature cube design as you can see below.
Omotesando Koffee最明顯的特點就是 “盒子” 主題的設計，從標志、店裝、到甜點，全部都是方塊狀。國友榮一的解釋是：“日本傳統茶道中，泡茶及品嚐的過程都會在一個簡潔場所進行，衝咖啡亦如是，Omotesando Koffee 所提倡的「盒子」概念令我們專注於咖啡。”
Beans are sourced from the same roaster in Tokyo, and Japanese staff members have been stationed in Hong Kong to ensure the same quality of coffee is served. Omotesando features two house blends, one is a mix of Ethiopian, Brazilian and Indonesian beans with a balanced flavor, and the second is a fruitier blend of Guatemalan and Panama beans.
Omotesando Koffee一部份日本店員常駐香港，提供與東京本店一致的味道，選用咖啡豆也是與日本同樣由小川咖啡室烘焙而成。 根據店員的說法，這裏主打兩款house blend，第一款選用埃塞俄比亞、巴西以及印尼的咖啡豆，味道較平衡；第二款則選用危地馬拉及巴拿馬的咖啡豆，味道較鮮明，果香味比較重。