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The Lobby of Simple Kaffa - 2016 World Barista Champion

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Taiwan is a country that is often overlooked by world travelers. It is often confused with either Thailand or a region in China. It is actually a self-governed democratic country that sits in East Asia. Taiwan is an island with the shape of a human heart. Taiwanese people like to refer their country as the heart of Asia. I am a big fan of coffee and coffee houses. I find the Taiwanese coffee scene very fascinating, specifically Taipei city. As a city itself it has probably one of the biggest coffee scenes compared to many cities I've traveled to, including Amsterdam among others. Taipei practically has a coffee bar in every block of the city, often they are next to each other. Many of them roast their own beans. When I arrived in Taipei this Summer. Two of my closest friends told me that I had to check out Simple Kaffa coffee bar. They roast their own beans and their barista was one of the finalists at the 2016 World Barista Championship. It was the first time Taiwan ever enter this championship. And that evening after I visited their coffee bar, I found out that Taiwan won!!!! The name of the barista who won the championship is Berg Wu. Simple Kaffa serves specialty coffee that they roast themselves. I had the pour over while my sister and others got the nitro coffee. The coffee was good. But I have to say nitro coffee tastes best out of the tap, not from the bottle. Simple Kaffa only has bottled nitro coffee. They have two kinds: "black beer" and "white beer." The service was friendly and excellent. I have to go back and try out their specialty espresso drink that was presented at the championship. If you ever visit Taipei and you're a coffee-lover, make sure you stop by their shop and try their coffee and one of the yummy baked goods (homemade).