Taipei Cafes: Coffeeology (醇咖啡)

A review of independent coffee roaster Coffeeology 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.

Coffeeology cappuccino

12 oz cappuccino at Coffeeology — Photo by Athena Lam

Cafe Overview:

Coffeeology 醇咖啡 台北

Coffeeology is on a side street behidn the Taipei Arena — Photo by Athena Lam

Coffeeology is in the more low-key Songshang District just behind the Taipei Arena. Upon entering, you’ll find jars of beans that include blends and single origin roasts. I stumbled upon them when strolling around the area and shopping for groceries at the market just a block away.

Coffeeology 醇咖啡 台北

The baristas have time to focus on making their drinks — Photo by Athena Lam

I ordered a cappuccino for a morning kick and was surprised by the large (12 oz?) drink I got for a mere 80 NTD (2.5 USD). Single origin pour over roasts are also available.

Coffeeology 醇咖啡 台北

Seating is separated at the back and not disturbed by take-away traffic — Photo by Athena Lam

After ordering, the staff interpreted my loitering as waiting for a drink, so they told me they would bring my drink once I chose a seat. I was in fact just studying the jars of beans, the African masks, and various other things they had stuck to the walls.

Coffeeology 醇咖啡 台北

Semi-separate back room for quiet work — Photo by Athena Lam

The seating space includes bar benches and two communal tables. I didn’t notice any power outlets. The cafe had password-protected Wi-Fi, but I didn’t ask for it. As a tip, most restaurants and cafes will provide the password upon request (or try their phone number without the area code).

Coffeeology cappuccino

Staff have time to bring you your drink after you take a seat — Photo by Athena Lam

Though I personally prefer stronger drinks like macchiatos and piccolo lattes, their espresso blend has a robust nuttiness. The milk is also well frothed and has a smooth texture that blends the wet cappuccino top foam and heated liquid beneath.

-- Photo by Athena Lam

Patron stamp cards give the cafe a homey community ambiance — Photo by Athena Lam

The cafe is great for working out of and doesn’t get busy even on a weekend morning. I went around noon on Saturday and watched a trickle of individuals popping by, half of whom seemed to know the baristas. Taipei has so many cafes, even good ones usually have an open seat even in peak hours if they are not in the main commercial shopping areas.

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Green beans by the entrance beside their roaster — Photo by Athena Lam

I didn’t purchase their in-house beans this time. The tasting notes are in Chinese, but the origin names are written in English.

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso, pour-over
  • Food: Pastries
  • Cafe Space: Approx 20 people indoors (benches & communal table), 1 outside table
  • Friends: Hangouts, catching up, reading (never gets too busy)
  • Workspace: 7 tables,
  • Remote Work: Might provide WiFi password (didn’t ask)
Address:  台北松山區八德路三段 12 巷 5 弄 2 號

No. 2, Alley 5, Lane 12, Section 3, Bade Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, 105
Website:  Facebook
Hours:  Daily: 7:30-20:00

Check out other nearby cafes at my Songshan Coffee Walk post (map included)!

One response to “Taipei Cafes: Coffeeology (醇咖啡)

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