Monga Coffee Roasters 丸花豆倉 – Daily Limited Earl Grey Crème Brulee With Pour Over Coffee In Taipei
[Taipei] There’s something alluring about Taiwan’s café which you don’t usually get in Singapore.
Some attributed the charming element as a form of 文青 (hipster) or 慢活 (slow-living) attitude, and Monga Coffee Roasters probably have a bit of both.
Smacked right in between Ximending and Longshan Temple metro station, it would require a good ten minutes’ walk to stroll to Monga Coffee Roasters from either station.
But it was all worth it.
A small cozy coffee store located in the quaint neighbourhood of Wanhua district. I liked how they put in effort in curating their space – from the lush greenery exterior to simple yet comfortable interior.
Upon entering, I was immediately greeted by coffee aroma as well as the friendly barista, whom also politely introduced to us the flavour profile of some of the coffee beans available.
Monga carries a variety of single origin coffee beans used for pour over, price ranging from NT120 to NT250 (SGD$5.50 to SGD$11.50). They also do their own coffee roasting, and generally kept their coffee beans lightly roasted.
I understand that Taiwan’s speciality coffee store are usually more proficient in doing pour over coffee.
Hence, I opted for their Cold Brew (NT120, SGD$5.50) which tasted slightly acidic, but still enjoyable and smooth to the palate. It also carried a fruity blueberry after note.
Other espresso based coffee such as Latte, Flat White and Cappuccino are also available at NT120, SGD$5.50).
Probably due to lighter roasted coffee beans, I found the coffee flavour in latte overpowered by milk and wasn’t really evident.
I am totally convinced. Pour over > Espresso Based.
The other highlight would be their signature dessert named as 倉豆花丸 (NT70, SGD$3.20) but was in fact Earl Grey Crème Brûlée.
Available daily in limited quantity, I liked how the jiggly dessert had texture similar to ‘tau huey’ (beancurd), but infused with earl grey tea fragrance.
It was topped with a caramelized layer of burnt sugar made from chopped earl grey tea for a tinge of bitter-sweetness.
So good and I wanted a second helping, but was kindly rejected by the barista as they only allow single serving per group. *Cries*
Meanwhile, they also serve seasonal desserts like Chocolate Yogurt Tart, Sweet Potato Yogurt Tart and Strawberry Chiffon Cake.
Overall, the atmosphere at Monga felt so laid-back. I could easily spend my whole afternoon there chilling, while sipping away a cup of good coffee.
Point to note, there is a minimum spending of a beverage per pax.
Monga Coffee Roasters 丸花豆倉
No. 79-1, Yongfu Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 6pm (Wed to Mon), Tue Closed
Google Maps – Monga Coffee Roasters
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* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.
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