A new cafe opening nearby our work! 來自台灣的咖啡廳在京都四条新開幕

There is a new cafe from Taiwan opening soon around Shijo Karasuma in Kyoto, which is super close to our work that makes us very excited! We already went scope out during the work break and tasted the different kinds of their delicious coffee. Goodman Roaster is run by a couple originally from Tokyo and they moved to Taipei, Taiwan a few years ago and set up their business there.

The main coffee beans they use are Alisan Coffee 阿里山咖啡豆, which the area is around the center of Taiwan in the mountain called Alisan. The specialty of Alisan coffee beans is also the reason that attracted the owners to Taiwan.

After visiting the cafe yesterday I did a bit of research online about it and found out actually that was not very easy for them to start it. Just purely by the passion for coffee and never gave up. I am not a coffee expert but I am quite touched that someone appreciates something from Taiwan a lot that where my homeland is.

It is quite a small coincidence that my coworkers shared this information with me and it happened to be right by our work. Thanks to Goodman Roaster for letting me know one more thing about my homeland and hope I would have more chances to speak more Mandarin with their little kid!

If anyone happens to get to read this piece by any chance, and happens to be in Kyoto, please go check it out. Especially if you are a coffee lover. Sorry if it looks like an advertorial piece. It is just an appreciation from me to share the feeling.

前陣子從同事那聽來,在公司附近有間台灣來的咖啡廳要開幕了。雖然尚未正式開幕(11/22)但這幾天試營運期間我們昨天利用休息時間,跑過去瞧了一下。或許住台北的人已經聽過 Goodman Roaster 這名字,目前位於天母有兩間店舖,而經營者則是一對來自東京的夫婦,幾年前他們從日本搬至台灣,定居並開始了咖啡事業。

他們主要使用的咖啡豆為阿里山咖啡豆,既然用中文寫應該也不需要解釋阿里山是什麼了。上網研究了一下,經營者伊藤先生認為阿里山的咖啡豆帶有茶香及熱帶水果味,層次豐富,很令人驚艷,這也促成了他之後搬來台灣的契機。

網路上搜尋店名可以找得到一些伊藤先生的中文訪談,憑著一股幹勁跑來台灣並成功地將來自台灣的阿里山咖啡在台灣及日本打開了知名度,身為來自台灣的我不由得敬佩起伊藤先生。不只是他如何堅持將這事業做起,和對阿里山咖啡有多大的熱情與執著,每每聽到每個人對於自己對台灣的各種不同感情及喜歡的理由,總是讓我更加知道要好好珍惜這片土地。

或許是一點點的小巧合,這間來自台北的咖啡廳正巧座落在我京都的工作附近(超近),謝謝 Goodman Roaster 讓我多知道家鄉一件美好的事物,也希望我還有機會可以和他們的小朋友多講講中文聊聊天。