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Cozy cafés in Taipei

The English term coffee, caffe in Italian, Kaffee in German or caféin Spanish and French made it into Western languages from Turkish kahve, which itself comes from the Classical Arabic qahwah. In a culture so shaped by tea, nobody should be surprised that the Chinese word kafei is also a very obvious borrowing. However,...

Cozy cafés in Taipei

The English term coffee, caffe in Italian, Kaffee in German or caféin Spanish and French made it into Western languages from Turkish kahve, which itself comes from the Classical Arabic qahwah. In a culture so shaped by tea, nobody should be surprised that the Chinese word kafei is also a very obvious borrowing. However, most Westerners who have never visited Taiwan or did so a long time ago wouldn’t expect that a beverage so extremely popular among them has nowadays also deeply penetrated all layers of Taiwanese society. By this I...

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