Restaurant Rufous Coffee, No. 339, Sec. 2, Fuxing S. Rd., Daan Dist, Taipei, Taiwan Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Rufous Coffee is special ?
Rufous Coffee is typically packed with students given its proximity to the National Taiwan University but the wait is softened by some comfortable seats outside. A few customers choose to have their espressos outside and then dash off. The locals here seem to be in a perpetual rush, which makes an opportunity to linger over one’s coffee a luxury we’re grateful for.
The name comes from the colour “rufous” which is reddish-brown or rust-like.
A former chef in Italian cuisine, Xiao Yang is in charge of every step of the process from sourcing the beans to roasting and brewing. A former chef in Italian cuisine, Xiao Yang is in charge of every step of the process from sourcing the beans to roasting and brewing.
For a very mildly flavored coffee, try the honey and cinnamon latte. For a luxurious experience, try the Irish coffee (with real sweet foamed milk, not whipped cream, to cut the bitterness of the whiskey-flavored coffee below). For a hot or stressful (or hot and stressful) day, get the iced dark chocolate banana latte. Their cold brewed iced coffee is also fabulous.
You should order: banana mocha latte ($150 NT), sandwiches/bagels and a bagel with cream cheese is around $70 NTcinnamon latte ($145 NT) and the almond and hazelnut latte ($145 NT) cinnamon latte ($145 NT) and the almond and hazelnut latte ($145 NT)
- This is My Kind of Coffee Shop! Yours?
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol NO
- Air condition NO
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian NO
Rufous Coffee, No. 339, Sec. 2, Fuxing S. Rd., Daan Dist, Taipei, Taiwan
Tips for you
"Hello, Ni Hao!" is the greeting you receive while stepping into this beautiful little café right off Fuxing South Road...the second, is the wonderful smell of freshly ground coffee that lingers in the air, but regularly boosted when more coffee is grounded. And whilst doing so, take a second to enjoy what you've come upon and the magic, and pleasures, that are about to come your way. Because Rufous Coffee has cracked the code of a perfect coffee house where certain elements must be on point: interiors, atmosphere, staff and of course, coffee. In addition to that little extra thing you just can't put a name on. Well, here you have it, the full package of a Coffee Dream. Their seating arrangements are in my opinion really interesting. You have a couple of bigger tables for bigger groups along the wall, a few smaller tables following those. There's also the chairs along the lefthand side wall outside. In addition to this there's the long bar running along the somewhat elevated barista bar where it's perfect for solo-visitors and couples to enjoy their coffee, chat and/or get some work done. It also gives you a little view of the baristas performing their magic! On top of this the lighting inside is just right, not too bright, not too dim. Ideal for those who are enjoying their conversations, but also those who are enjoying their own company and a book (like myself, mostly). Their a somewhat low-slung lamp above every seat, which gives you the light you might need, but also lets you avoid it if that's preferred. Now, speaking of the coffee...it's fabulous. Best one so far here in Taipei. The milk steamed to perfection, both in terms of temperature and texture. So silky and smooth it has you thinking that this must be what heaven feels like. It is evident that no order is made without care and attention. The coffee has the perfect touch of bitterness and roasty flavours. All orders are served with water, which allows you to clean out your pallet and enjoy that virgin flavor again and again!
“This is My Kind of Coffee Shop! Yours?” Having spent a few days in Taipei on a recent visit (from southern Taiwan), I was in the mood for something other than the big chains of mass-marketed coffee shops. In three days, I'd already been to two Starbucks (they're easy to find since they're everywhere--and the AC is cranking on hot days in mid-August), a Mr Brown Coffee store, and an 85C, so I was hoping to find something more cozy and quaint. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, Rufous Coffee was, indeed, that place. First of all, it is tiny--and very popular. Arrival was at the right time, for there was a table, but from that point forward for the next 1.5 hours, folks coming in couldn't get seated, so they needed to wait by sitting on a row of chairs outside Rufous's front window. Inside, alongside the left wall (facing inwards), there are two-to-four-top tables for patrons, and on the right there are chairs along the front of the barista's work station. That's it. Though I didn't gather much information about the menu or their offerings, they do have a variety of foo-foo coffee drinks, with lattes and the like, but they also have some pure-coffee-lover, straight up coffee choices, and they apparently roast/grind their own here. Sorry, but I cannot even tell you if they have food! To me, sipping on savory coffee is important, but the focus on Rufous is about the atmosphere. Its dark decor, shoulders-squeezed-together seating was reminiscent of side-alley coffee joints from my college days. I've not been to many places like this in Taiwan, so it was a welcome change from the big chains--and I'll surely head back there when I return to Taipei one day!