Date and time of photos taken：
10:30– 13:10, December 29, 2016
12:30– 14:30, December 30, 2016
Weather：Sunny and partly cloudy for both days
This edition of 《Cafe Guide》 concluded our work for 2016 and mainly visited coffee shops located on Hunan Road, Yongfu Road, Xingguo Road and Taian Road. These roads are not that long and wide, and connect the neighboring residential areas. Due to relatively less commercial activities along the roads, the whole neighborhood is relatively quiet.
The location map of this edition of 《Cafe Guide》 is as follow：
TC visited the following two neighboring coffee shops on Hunan Road：Rumors Coffee is a pour-over coffee shop while 1984BOOKSTORE is a coffee bookstore.
Rumors Coffee (Hunan Road Branch)
湖南路9号甲︱No. 9-A, Hunan Road
A coffee-loving couple opened this store in 2011. The husband is Mr. KeiichiNakayama, who is from Japan and is mainly responsible for the roastery, and the wife is Mrs. Liu Yan (her friends prefer to call her by the name of “Jia Ming”) , who is a Shanghai native and is in charge of the store’s daily operations.
Before Rumors Coffee, Mr. Nakayama was a sales representative of a Japanese company. He had the chance to visit Shanghai on a regular basis since 1997 and had the luck to meet Mrs. Liu who at that time worked for a Japanese company in Shanghai. Later on, Mr. Nakayama found out that he can roast coffee beans theway he liked, a coffee dream was then in mind. When you came across a series of coffee-related coincidences, the couple determined to devote themselves into the coffee business and to make their coffee dream come true by opening up a coffee shop.
According to Mr. Nakayama, making good coffee through his hands and doing things he loves in a place he loves are worth his devotion of a lifetime. The beauty of life is to be busy with the coffee business together with the one you love.
Rumors in Indonesian means a friend’s place. Rumors Coffee（Hunan Road Branch）was the first coffee shop of the couple and though small in space, was also the first coffee shop in Shanghai to serve exclusively the pour-over single origin coffee. The couple hoped to make Rumors Coffee your friend’s place and welcomed your stopping by!
The making of pour-over deep roasted Mandheling.
湖南路11号︱No. 11, Hunan Road
The front gate of 1984BOOSTORE is so ordinary that it certainly would not get any of your attention.
Opening up the front gate, what you saw was still the good old entrance door and the narrow path way of the old Shanghai traditional houses.
Upon stepping in the store, 1984BOOKSTORE really gave you an eye-opening look with such a different and unique spatial pattern.
1984BOOKSTORE is named after the novel 《NineteenEighty-Four》 by George Orwell which was published in 1949 .
1984BOOKSTORE offers a easy and cozy space, indoors and outdoors. TC was the first client this morning, and thus, had a nice chat with the young barista, Pan. Pan told TC that an interior renovation was planned in the near future so as to give the customers a sense of freshness. The new year of 2017 is coming up and if you plan to pay a visit, you have to be earlier and quick.
(Xingguo Road Branch)
No. 1, Lane 372, Xingguo Road
This is the second shop of the coffee-loving couple, which is spacious and bright. The on-site roastery job of Rumors Coffee is conducted here at Xingguo Road Branch. In addition, it is not far from the Hunan Road Branch, which allows more customers to enjoy the pour-over coffee without affecting the quality of the coffee served.
This small attic is the place Mr. Nakayama conducts his roastery work.
Here are theother two deep roasted in addition to Mandheling.
I WILL Coffee & Jewellery
永福路255号︱No. 255, Yongfu Road
I WILL is a custom-made jewellery store with a in-house coffee bar. The brand
concept of I WILL：the one and only jewellery for the love of lifetime.
I WILL opened its business in July 2016. If the front gate is closed, you definitely would miss it while walking through it. Now the front gate is wide open, the forecourt is quite attractive with the neat and cute stone bench and sculptures.
TC was warmly greeted by two service staff upon entering the store. One is Rui Ying, sales clerk of jewellery and the other one is Kuang Xing Qin (Emily), the barista. We had a pretty good conversation and introduced own businesses to each other. The 3-day holiday is coming up and the two staff are looking forward to your visit.
No. 9, Lane 115, Taian Road
A coffee shop tucked behind Taian Road (originally named as Route Camille Lorioz).
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Totalwalking distance of field trip：
December 29,2016：13.1 km
December 30,2016：10.3 km
happy new year！