Slow Travel: 7 Laidback Coffee Shops in Pingtung

The very first coffee tree was planted in Pingtung during the Japanese colonial era. Today, you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee while relaxing in a historical building in Pingtung.

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Date: 2019/12/11

Photo Credit: Pingtung County Government

The history of growing coffee trees in indigenous areas of Pingtung can be traced back to the period of Japanese rule. It was in 1902 when the visiting government founded the Hengchun Tropical Botanical Gardens (today’s Hengchun Research Center of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute) and started experimenting with growing coffee. The very first coffee tree in Taiwan was thus planted in Pingtung, after which cultivation continued to spread to other regions in Taiwan up until 1929.

Recent years, there have been shops combining high quality coffee beans with well-preserved buildings, creating an inviting atmosphere and relaxing space with the aroma of freshly brewed beverages for visitors to enjoy. Next time when you’re in Pingtung, make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to sip on a delicious cup of locally brewed coffee!

Tai Wu Elementary School Slate House 泰小石板屋

No. 1, Afulu’an Rd., Taiwu Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan

Villagers in Taiwu Township have been growing coffee since the Japanese colonial period. Each ripe coffee cherry is handpicked and roasted locally, suffusing the entire space with the fragrant aroma of freshly ground and brewed coffee. Apart from offering a delightful DIY coffee roasting experience, visitors can also enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the local indigenous people.

Yamato Coffee 大和頓物所

No. 26, Fengming Rd., Zhutian Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan

Situated next to the Zhutian (竹田) Railway Station, which was built in 1919, the distinctive Yamato Coffee House is actually a remodeled old rice mill. Incorporating only the finest local ingredients, the coffee and dessert offered mingle harmoniously with the sweet memories of days gone by.

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