A review of independent coffee roaster, All Day Roasting Company in Songshan District, Taipei. Notes are by an amateur coffee enthusiast and shoestring digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability. Most photos are shot with a second-hand Fujifilm X100.
Taipei’s coffee scene seems to have exploded in the 2 years I’ve been away. Half the cafes I walked into at Songshan District had a 2013/4 founding date. All Day Roasting’s barista also pointed at the 2014 behind the counter when I asked.
All Day Roasting Company is in the laid-back, tree-lined residential district of Songshan (where the airport is). The natural cement storefront blended into the rest of the low-rise mixed commercial and residential buildings beside.
The industrial interior is much deeper than the storefront suggests and leaves a generous amount of empty space. The three divided sections provide every type of cafe setting one could want without the need for partitions.
The skylight front area has lower coffee tables and work benches. The work benches are lined with outlets that invite remote work. WiFi is available.
Coffee fans can take a seat at the counter and watch the baristas work. Since I arrived on a weekday morning, only two tables were taken, but I chose the bar counter anyway to watch the baristas work.
The coffee menu includes a top sheet of single origin pour-over beans and the standard espresso menu. The espresso options caught my eye. Firstly, the Gibraltar was available, as was a piccolo latte. Even though one would think drink terminology was standardized, in actual practice, I’ve had dramatically different ratios for every milk-based drink depending on city and cafe. It was worth clarifying.
At All Day Roasters Coffee, the drinks mean the following:
Macchiato: 1 : 0.5 espresso to a dallop of foam
Piccolo Latte: 1 : 1 espresso to milk
Gibraltar: 1 : 3 espresso to milk
Cappuccino: 1 : 5/6 espresso to milk
My Gibraltar was smooth and perfectly frothed. In fact, the wet foam had structure that allowed it to elegantly rise above the rim. Below, the single shot was mixed perfectly with the rest of the heated milk. Only the espresso blend was available, and it had a balanced mixed of slightly acidic and chocolatey.
Their Story / What I like About Them:
I’ve found that many of Taipei’s cafes have female baristas. ADRC was no different. The woman who served me was friendly and polite. She answered my questions about espresso to milk ratio with a genuine concern about wanting to advise me to get the most suitable drink. Since most Asians are used to single-shots, it’s understandable that she repeated gently that a Piccolo Latte was really strong. My drink turned out perfectly fine. If anything, I wish I’d ordered a double-shot.
Every single coffee on offer has been roasted in-house. The cafe is run by owner-operator Louross Kuo, who has admitted he is still refining his practice. Visitors can smell the various options in sample jars on a counter before picking. The cafe has had its share of raving and scathing reviews, which I discovered after doing an online search. I’d like to think that my positive experience is a result of their improvement in the past year.
With this much space, I don’t think seating time limits are an issue. With the food and coffee options, it’s a great place to work out of even on a sunny day without feeling like you’ve been cooped in.
Also, for the homesick US friends, I’m told they have soy and almond milk available as alternatives.
- Coffee: Pour-over, Espresso
- Food: Pastries, light lunch
- Cafe Space: Work benches, individual tables, communal table, coffee tables under a skylight
- Friends: Hangouts, catching up, reading, anything.
- Workspace: Really big. It probably seats close to 50 people
- Remote Work: WiFi & Outlets available
|Address:||No. 329, Yanshou St, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Check out other nearby cafes at my Songshan Coffee Walk post (map included)!