[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 TWD120 to TWD250 (SGD5.50 to SGD11.50).
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 (TWD120, SGD5.50) 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 TWD120, SGD5.50).
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 (TWD70, SGD3.20) 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.