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Coffeebreak Near Dongmen Market

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Traveling between markets in Taipei, starting the day in Shilin and taking the train to Dongmen, got a heavy dose of wandering the narrow corridors of the local goods and food vendors the city is famous for. Literally, spent hours taking in the sights, smells, and tastes every corner had to offer, after leaving the Dongmen Market, wandered around and spotted a park – not knowing it was Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park – and stopped into the nearest coffee shop and couldn’t have been more pleased with the result.

Walked into Louisa Coffee and was greeted by entire staff – with every swing of the door, the employees offer a lively “Ni hao!” A small café, took a gander at the expansive menu of coffee. The barista was very accommodating with giving different options on adjusting the coffee for taste, along with sugar content. Ordered an iced milk tea latte and it was delicious. Even coming with the sealed lid that typical milk tea comes with, the latte was exploding with milk tea flavor. At one point, kept stirring, finding some resistance in the cup, thinking it was a syrup or powder that had yet to dissolve, once finished, found an entire tea bag in the cup – which explains the strong flavor.

Combine the customer service and the great coffee, Louisa Coffee is easily a prime coffee spot in Taipei.

Louisa Coffee


Written by Paulo Loreto

October 12, 2015 at 1:58 AM

Longjing Green Tea

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Known for its exceptional health benefits, longjing green tea has become massively famous and has given a boom to the city of Hangzhou – the green tea capital of China.

Visiting a green tea plantation, guides took you through the harvesting processing and how tea leaves are prepared for sale. Going through a tea service, a small amount of hot water is added to the leaves in each glass and the guide asks to take a whiff, which gives off an odor very similar to spinach. As more water is added, you’re asked to place your eye near the glass and to cup your hand around, to keep in the steam, which offers a refreshing sensation to your eyes.

The guide goes through an experiment to illustrate the differences between water and green tea when it comes to cleansing. Placing iodine on rice, soaking it in water showed, virtually, no difference with the iodine-coated granules; whereas the green tea left the rice bright white.

Longjing green tea is offered in both a traditional tea form or in tablets.

Longjing Green Tea

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 25, 2015 at 5:45 AM

Movie Night

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DavidsTea is a Canadian tea company that specializes in loose leaf teas. With locations across Canada and in the Northeast, a franchise recently popped up in New York City’s Greenwich Village, on Bleecker (275 Bleecker St, between 6th and 7th).

One of the more interesting selections is the “Movie Night” tea that features popcorn!

The company describes it best: “This popcorn tea is better than the real thing. First of all, it has no calories. Second of all, it’s sweetened with maple and apple. Third of all, it has green tea, which studies (well, ok, experience) say is the ideal brew for keeping you quietly alert throughout a late-night flick. Great for thrillers, dramas, westerns or comedies. Drink it at home or smuggle it into the theatre.”

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Written by Paulo Loreto

December 29, 2011 at 4:06 PM

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