Paper-Made Chic Cafe
Interview, Photography by Annie Liao
|．Hour: 1200 - 2200|
|．Add: B1, No. 6, Alley 14, Shi-Wei Rd.|
|．Akuma Caca blog|
1. Why did you open this coffee shop?
The idea came from my boss, who also runs the Interior design studio upstairs. He thinks that Interior design needs some human interactions, so he invited me to run this café as a means of stimulation.
2. Why here?
According to my boss, it's boring to open a coffee shop on a busy street. Magic happens when you build a creative space in a ghetto-like alley.
3. How did you come up with the name?
My boss's company is called Akuma Design. Akuma means professional in an African language. While naming our coffee shop, we thought Caca sounded more catchy than Café. So we decided to name the store "Akuma Caca."
4. What do you remember the most at this cafe?
The exterior of this place used to be a beautiful glass house, which took us three months to build. But the neighbors did not like the art and wanted it gone. A few protests later, we had no choice but to remove it.
5. Who do you remember the most at this cafe?
We have a lot of famed costumers, among them Lee Ding was a regular. A friendly and special playwright, Lee comes here quite often, hanging out with us while creating his own work. He even became good friends with my boss!
6. What's your least favorite question from costumers?
None. Even the sensitive questions, such as how much we make, would not offend me. We want people to know more about coffee, so any question is welcome.
7. What's your most memorable cafe?
Starbucks. It improves the way people in Taiwan think about coffee, ranging from space and price to music and art. It also changed the streets in Taiwan: People now consider carrying a coffee cup on the street a fashionable thing. I think Starbucks successfully opened the door to coffee education. These independent cafes would never work without the model initiated by Starbucks.
8. What food goes best with coffee?
Any chocolate-related food.
9. Any food or beverage recommendation for foreigners?
Drink: Our hand drip coffee. Food: Our handmade waffles. We have a variety of flavors that were added “in” the waffles throughout the baking process.
10. Where is your favorite seat in this cafe?
The bar. I like the pointy design. I can also chat with the baristas, watching them
11. What kind of music goes best with coffee?
I think Cuba Jazz and black coffee go well together, because the two feels alike.
12. Recommendations for non-coffee drinkers?
Any caffeine-free beverage on the menu.
13. What's your favorite coffee flavor?
Caramel macchiato. Sometimes I will make a little cup on my own. It gives me warmth and comfort.
14. When do you drink coffee?
I usually have coffee when I get to work. I don’t drink much, once small portion a day is enough for me.
15. How did you fall for coffee?
My whole family drinks coffee, so I grew up drinking coffee with them. Coffee is an interesting item. There are more flavors in coffee than those in tea, which makes me even more curious.
16. What's the link between coffee and personality?
African beans are for extroverts, whereas Asian beans might attract more mature, down-to-earth people.
17. What's the style of your store?
Makes you feel that design is everywhere, and that it can be expressed in a simple, inexpensive way.
18. In one sentence, describe your cafe.
Akuma Caca is a fun, stylish coffee shop.
19. In your opinion, what makes Taiwan special?
People. Taiwanese are way too friendly. We are open and passionate, we know no nationality, and we love to share.
20. What's your favorite place in Taiwan?
Farmers markets. Here you can see a lot of weird stuff, thereby having a deeper understanding of the Taiwanese culture.