Cafe Lugo: Espresso & Apple Pie Delights

Tasted and tested at Cafe Lugo in Taipei! I sampled both in Taipei, one Sunday evening when I finally visited Cafe Lugo, a Korean coffee shop chain that has been testing the waters here in Taipei! Now it looks like I’ll have to share where they are…!

Winter: Time to Make Apple Pie

It’s been raining like nothing on earth here, so I turned my attention to making the annual Apple Pie. This year’s recipe is a tad different. I used a BBC recipe that used a sweet pastry, and I added raisins soaked in a little Beef Eater gin. And I also coated the inside of the base with egg… Read More »

New Kirkland Coffee Products: Local Origins

I visited Costco here in Taiwan just before Chinese New Year, and noted that they were selling several new Kirkland coffee products that I hadn’t ever seen before. In fact, a Reddit sub-thread mentioned that the Nicaraguan Coffee was being stocked in their store. I was in San Diego last week and was visiting a Costco in the… Read More »

Can Caffiano make your coffee even more portable?

I was in the local Sogo department store here in Taipei. There is a little shop that stocks interesting and unique products from Japan and other parts of East Asia called Hands Tailung. It’s the middle of Chinese New Year, and very busy, still I managed to find a great coffee product that is perfect for your picnic… Read More »

Baking Tonight: What is that?

Finally got my act together tonight, and assembled everything to make this pie. It’s in the oven right now! I’m just hoping it turns out okay. The wife told me not to put too much sugar in it… of course, I listened to her (not!). I don’t do much baking, mostly because excessive baking is dangerous and a… Read More »

Precision Coffee Grinder: Better Grind, More Flavor by Handground — Kickstarter Project

If you’ve ever ground coffee by machine, you’ll know that get the right settings is tricky. If you’ve done it by hand, it’s mostly guesswork and the accuracy is ‘crude’ to say the least. One KickStarter Project aims to make hand grinding the preferred option with their new HandGround Mill that achieves 20 levels of fineness from French… Read More »

Orange Coffee Latte

Oranges are a traditional Christmas & Chinese New Year Fruit, esp. the tangerines that I fondly remember from my childhood. So I’d like to welcome our December 2015 coffee calendar, made by Louisa Coffee in Taipei.