I can’t believe we were ever worried about finding great coffee in Shanghai. Not only is there a Starbucks on every corner in a pinch but also Costa Coffee, Coffee Bean, Gloria Jean’s, etc. plus some serious boutique coffee places all over town that we have been sampling recently-who knew?
Conveniently located by my office in Xintiendi, Original Coffee at 276 Ma dang Road is kicking up some major caffeine with their Victoria Anduro Expresso machine. They have a seriously friendly staff and a loyalty card-buy 6 get 1 free. Naturally, I have already earned a free beverage! The open air coffee bar was packed yesterday at 3 p.m. when I showed an office mate from Australia where it was for an afternoon pick me up. Creamy and smooth, the Americano was just the ticket to keep me going the rest of the day. Now, if they only opened up before 8 a.m.! Situated between my subway line and the office, I now time my arrival each day so that they are open by the time I walk by. Yep, I’m not addicted or anything to the bean…
Tucked away in a street full of bars, there is a tiny café known for it’s fresh roasted beans so we had to check out Café de Volcan at 80 Yongkang Road in the former French Concession area.
True to their publicity, the coffee was amazing. Offered the usual ways plus as pour over and french press, it had a high caffeine content and then some. Using a fancy machine from Seattle and giving little cookie bites with each cup, the brick walls and wood floors created a cozy feel to enjoy the brew. It felt so much like Seattle, especially when one patron walked in with her dog–you don’t see that much here in Shanghai.
Dianna, our barista, told me that Shanghai citizens are learning more about the coffee culture and appreciating the good beans they roast, grind and serve. One South African customer told us that he had enjoyed coffee around the world as he travelled and really appreciated this place. Me too!
I think we’ve found our new coffee “home away from home” places to absorb the caffeine culture in Shanghai.