Considering the city’s well-known love affair with tea, visitors to Taipei might assume that a good coffee shop would be hard to come by. But they couldn’t be more wrong. Taiwan is enjoying a passionate love affair with the coffee bean, and you can now buy a cup of coffee in any convenience store.
To be honestly, I think Taipei has also become a paradise for coffee lovers as just one drink order will usually grant you access to a cozy spot in a café for the entire day. Like me, I actually spend a lots of time in the café.
考慮到台北人與茶的戀情，到台北的遊客可能會覺得很難找到好的咖啡店。 但其實他們錯了。 台灣人對咖啡豆有著濃厚的感情，就像現在你可以在任何便利店購買一杯新鮮的咖啡。
Just a normal day that I get up early on Monday morning and finish breakfast. At about 12 o’clock, I head to the “Coffee Essential” to enjoy my afternoon time.
When the first time I come into here, I was deeply attracted by the bright environment through by the window. It ’s a pity that there were so many people at that time, which I don’t have sit. So I was thinking that I definitely will find another day to come here again. However, the coffee essential become one of café that I go to a lot in my free time, which you probably can see me someday in there. lol
As soon as you step into the store, the first thing that catches your eye is their bar counter where they making coffee, also have bar seat area. If you come alone, then you probably don’t mind to sit in here, just like me. lol
Inside, there are so many sit that you can choose. I guess you may know how popular are they that I don’t have sit in the first time.
Being a Parisian for a while, I have to admit that I like the sit in here so much. You can enjoy the sunshine come through by the window and you don’t have to endure the heat by the sun, for they have air-condition.
There is a small living room behind it! The top is also made of a transparent design, allowing natural light to fall down, which is particularly bright. It makes people feel comfortable sitting in their own home. It’s a good place to stay and chat with friends.
The black iron frame bookshelf on the side is also an undeniable existence. There are many different types of books in it, which can make people sit quietly and read it. I guarantee you that you definitely can spend leisurely weekend in here.
側面的黑色鐵框書架也是不可否認的存在。 書架裡有許多不同類型的書，可以使人們安靜地坐著看書。 我可以向你保證，你絕對可以在這裡度過悠閒的周末。
Fruit Tea. NT$180
As the beginning that I mentioned it, Taiwan is the place where it love affair with tea, which you can order a cup of fresh fruit tea.
This fruit tea has a very strong fruit aroma, it’s different than I drank before. The most of the fruit teas will be added with sugar, but the sweetness of their fruit tea is the sweetness of the fruit, which it’s perfect.
Croque Madame NT$200
The seemingly simple and nothing toast, I never thought it would tasted so good, which it completely drew me into its charm. The two slices of toast sandwiched on the outside are crispy, like biscuits, while the ham and cheese sandwiched on the inside to add the smell so good.
I usually don’t love cheese, but this is the first time that I have an idea “In fact, cheese is not bad.” Because the cheese has greatly increased the aroma!
In the end, the sun egg above is perfect. The orange egg yolk overflowing and adding a smoothness of the taste, making people not feel thirsty because of salty ham.
Crème brûlée NT$130
The point of Crème Caramel is crispy caramel on top and dense pudding. I think their Crème Caramel is nice, but the caramel on it is a bit pity, which is not crispy.
This is my favorite on the Coffee Essential, which is so good. The most of time I always order since I have tried lol. I believe I don’t need to say too much, you can know what am I saying if you’ve tried.
這是我在民生工寓裡鹹食的最愛。 自從第一次吃到之後，我大多數來民生工寓時，都會點他。 我相信我不必多說，如果你嘗試過，你就可以知道我在說什麼。
The overall decoration of the store is in the “retro industrial style”, with exposed red brick walls, gray concrete floors, laboratory cups, uneven walls, retro seats, lamps and so on. They all add some sense of retro industry to the Coffee Essential, but the space ’s comfort and bright glass house add some more modern style, that it’s perfect.
I have to admire that every waiter in Coffee Essentail has a very good attitude. This is one of the reasons why I have been to there so many time.
店內整體裝潢是走「復古工業風格」，裸露的紅色磚牆、灰色的水泥地面、實驗室裡的實驗杯、凹凸不平的牆面、復古的座椅、燈具等等。都為 民生工寓 增添了一些復古工業的味道，然而空間的舒適感、明亮的玻璃屋，讓整體更多加了些現代感，使他跳脫出一般工業風格的咖啡廳，是個很新穎的裝潢！
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