If you ever find yourself feeling in need of a quick pick me up, you can get an amazing cup of coffee for an awesome price at Wilbeck Café. This small and unique chain of coffee shops offers great quality and a nice atmosphere at a couple of different locations around Taipei.
Wilbeck is not a large café made for studying or working, but simply a spot that offers a nice range of traditional and flavored coffees, as well as teas and hot chocolates. The coffee at Wilbeck is awesome not only because it comes at a price 3x cheaper than Starbucks or other big chains (NT$30 for a standard coffee), but is also much fresher. The coffee beans come directly out of the tweed coffee sacks and into your cup without a bunch of extra processing and packaging. In fact, you can see the bags of different beans sitting around the shop, open and ready to be brewed for your caffeinated pleasure.
The coffees here are pretty standard, but there are also some pretty originally flavored drinks like banana latte and sesame latte. Of course, the café offers its own special blends which come in prices ranging between NT$70 – 120. Wilbeck also has bags of fresh bean blends for sale, so you can enjoy the magic of coffee in your own home.
Wilbeck Cafés may not be very large, but there is a lot of design going on inside. Instead of trying to hide the extra large bags of coffee beans and coffee processing machines, Wilbeck has left these elements out in the open as part of the decor. The café also has a lot of various memorabilia hanging up around the interior, giving it the warm environment that a local Seattle café might have. Additionally, there is a wall dedicated to name cards with messages written on them by Wilbeck’s loyal customers.
As mentioned, there are a few locations (four at the time of writing) around Taipei:
02 2312 1252
No. 26-7, Xin Yang St. | 台北市信陽街26-7號
02 2331 7706
No. 9, Sec. 1 KaiFeng St. | 台北市開封街一段9號
02 2368 0045
No. 118, Sec. 1 Roosevelt Road | 台北市羅斯福路一段118號
02 2368 0045
No. 1, Alley 2, Lane 123, Sec. 5 NanJing E. Rd. | 台北市南京東路五段123巷2弄1號
Wilbeck has fantastic, freshly ground coffee on the cheap. It’s a great place for getting a quick cup or a fresh bag of coffee beans to brew yourself. If you are in the area, you should definitely stop in, but it would not really be a good place to set as a destination. There are a couple of locations around Taipei now, and there will most likely be a lot more in the future.
For more info, check out the Wilbeck facebook page.