Taiwan's Quiet Coffee Revolution
An abbreviated version of this article was published in Issue 30 of Standart Magazine in early 2023
Coffee was first brought to Taiwan in the late 1800’s by the British merchant Tait & Co., and although actual large-scale coffee production began in Taiwan under Japanese rule (1895-1945), most Taiwanese still consumed tea. The Japanese made coffee production a priority, sending it back to Japan, where it was even supposedly a favorite of the emperor, but after Japan left Taiwan following World War II, coffee production ground to a standstill, and tea continued to reign supreme as the Taiwanese drink of choice.
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The development of coffee and personal freedom have followed a similar path in this young, vibrant democracy in recent times, and while neither has been particularly smooth, the future smells amazing.