La Cuisson - Syphon Brewed Taiwanese Coffee Shop in Richmond
Just off the north end of Number Three Road on Capstan Way is a Taiwanese strip mall called Union Square. There, amongst the Taiwanese bakeries, restaurants (some interesting ones there, actually), supermarkets, insurance brokers, etc is a small coffee shop run by a coffee-obsessed Taiwanese ex-pat named Jason Hsu.
La Cuisson (open for four years now) specializes in syphon (siphon) brewed coffee - a old-style brewing method more popular in other parts of the world (Taiwan, Japan, and other parts of Europe and Asia). Most of Jason's regular customers are Chinese and Taiwanese...however, he also has regular European and Japanese clientele who come here specifically for the syphon coffee. (Note that you can get syphon coffee at a few coffee shops here in Vancouver too).
Jason roasts his own beans on an Italian made Wampa roaster. He was roasting some beans when I got there yesterday. (I had to kill some time prior to a meeting). We had a great chat about the specialty coffee scene in Asia and the differences in coffees and roasting styles between here and there. The coffee he served me (a Sumatra Mandheling that he roasted himself) was very nice. The roasting style and brewing method made it very different from my usual espressos. He has an espresso machine there if that is the drink that you prefer. Or for something different - he also has a cold brew rig set up at his front window.
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