一家咖啡小店的誕生總有他的故事| Tzemdas Kaffa 手作.獨立思考咖啡

 

舞者、銀行員、環保回收業、咖啡手,一家咖啡小店的誕生總有他的故事,到訪前聽聞朋
友描述獨立思考的角色介紹、分鏡大綱,腦袋中漸漸勾勒出想像的畫面,但當親身入店經由老闆的言談、店內的餐飲,原來這裡的故事是這樣的阿~

 

Q1 是什麼樣的機會在彰化開店?
店老闆:在一種準備自己的過程中決定開啟一家店。開店前自己並不會煮咖啡,比起咖啡店當初更想開的是果汁店,但在摸索自己的那段時間,接觸了咖啡,透過彰化的救國團啟蒙,開始在台北、嘉義的咖啡店學沖煮咖啡,然而學習的過程明白,沒有「義式半自動咖啡機」是無法好好練習咖啡這件事情的;因此在一次偶然的機會下,買了二手咖啡機開始練習義式咖啡、打奶泡、拉花,就在這一路與志同道合的同伴練習之下,就決定在自己的家開起咖啡店。

Q2 開店前從事什麼工作?
店老闆:大學主修國貿系,畢業後很自然考進銀行擔任行員,而同時也是國標舞者。國標舞是大學參加社團才接觸的,練舞儼然形成自己很開心的事情,因此他不僅是興趣,畢業工作後仍然維持教舞、比賽…等等與國標舞有關係的都會做。

Q3 「 Tzemdas Kaffa 手作.獨立思考咖啡」店名與老闆有著什麼關聯?
店老闆:Tzemdas是排灣族晨曦的意思,希望我的店有「晨曦般的溫暖與力量」,而中文店名將「獨立」這文字放入店名,是一直以來自己對於獨立/思考這兩字有很多感觸。某次在TED演講上,聽到台南人劇團-蔡柏璋說過這句話:『不關勇敢,關於你有沒有想清楚而已。想清楚之後就行動吧,這應該就是我的店希望帶給大家的。』

Q4 店內菜單設計上,除了咖啡品項,也特別注意到蘋果肉桂熱壓三明治、花生棉花糖三明治,這些品項是老闆有特別去學習、或是何得來的靈感而放在菜單上?
店老闆:我另一位夥伴JOEY,開店前一年在西澳伯斯的咖啡廳裡當BARISTA,在當初開發菜單時,加入了很多在國外所接觸到的飲食文化,因此店內除了三明治, 義式咖啡也有屬於澳洲的元素喔 !

Q5 2016開店的這一年,相對於沒開店之前自己與彰化有著什麼不同的發現嗎?
店老闆:在開店以前,回朔大學出外讀書、外地工作…約莫10餘年,「彰化」是個跟自己沒有關聯的地域,即使從台北回到彰化幫忙父親的工作,仍然感覺自己是台北人,下班、放假就往台北跑。開店後這空間漸漸凝聚了社區的客人,像是個交流站,有客人在這裡語言交會、有客人將這裡當作生活的中繼站。自己漸漸認識自己居住的環境,走在附近的街道,似乎這社區的人都可以和自己交流。

Q6 近幾年彰化常談的鐵路高架議題,如果有一天自強路平交道不見了,你們覺得會有什麼影響?
店老闆:以咖啡店來說,我們覺得沒有特別差異,在這居住幾十年,平交道的兩邊都是我們的生活圈,過去、過來就是稍待片刻,生活沒這麼匆促。但若以城市發展來看,若將鐵路高架的經費好好維護古蹟,讓古蹟再造特色,讓彰化成為有特色的城市,而非都一個樣子的城市。

Q7 獨立思考咖啡即將開店周年了,新的一年對自己的店有什麼期待或想法嗎?
店老闆:默默的覺得時間好快,看著洗碗槽的日子居然快一年了,希望未來我的店能更完整,更接近當初開店時的幻想 。首先是先能安穩的生存下來 ,除了出一杯有品質的好咖啡,可以更無後顧之憂的辦活動 (遠目 :旅咖啡、白色方塊、紅葉食趣 ),花藝相關的部份能在明年大放異彩(目前花小編POLLY正在台中晴天花藝練功),能跟社區裡的居民更緊密的結合(其實我是想選里長….) 身邊夥伴們的夢想也都能透過彼此的幫忙加速實現。

白色方塊也想說…. White Cube’s note:

採訪的這晚,進入獨立思考點餐坐下後,老闆好客的準備一壺茶,這壺茶從秤重、手沖煮、溫泡、盛杯,即使過程中老闆不忘寒暄客人,仍不馬虎的對待這杯蜜香紅茶。採訪中看著進出的客人,老闆
熟稔的說出每位大、小客人會點的飲品,著實地感受著獨立思考有著獨有的溫度感,這樣的咖啡店怎麼能少過一次平交道呢?!

 

We visited Tzemdas Kaffa for the interview that night. After we ordered, the owner
of the cafe prepared some tea out of hospitality. From weighing, filing hot water,soaking the tea to pouring tea into cups, you can see his dedication to the making of this cup of honey fl avor black tea, during which, he still managed to greet and make small talks with customers. During our interview, the owner would easily recall the usual orders of the regulars that just walked in. It is an unique, solid sense of warmth of Tzemdas Kaffa. It’s defi nitely a cafe worth crossing the railway for!

Q1. How did you come to open a cafe in Changhua?
Tzemdas Kaffa : I decided to open a store when I was in a state of self preparation. Before, I didn’t know how to make coffee. Actually, I initially wanted to open a juice bar. During the time of my self exploration, I started to learn about coffee. I started from the China Youth Corps (CYC) and then learned to make coffee at cafes in Taipei and Chiayi. Then I realized that without an espresso machine, I would never be able to practice making coffee properly. Afterwards there was this opportunity that I bought a second-hand espresso machine, so I started to practice making espresso, steaming milk and making latte art along with like-minded friends of similar interests. Therefore, I came to the decision of opening a cafe in my own house.

Q2. What was your occupation prior to the cafe?
Tzemdas Kaffa : I majored in international business. After graduation, I naturally got into a bank to work as a clerk. I was also a ballroom dancer. I started ballroom dancing in university through student club participation. To me, dancing is such a delightful thing to do. It’s more than just a hobby. I continue teaching, participating in contests and many ballroom dance related events after I graduated.

Q3. What is the relevance between the name of the cafe, Tzemdas Kaffa (Independent Thinking in Chinese) and you,the owner?
Tzemdas Kaffa : Tzemdas means dawn in Paiwan language. I want my cafe to be able to give energy and warmth like dawn. As for the Chinese name of my cafe, “independent” and “thinking” are two words that I personally relate to a lot. Once I heard Tsai Pao Chang of Tainan Jen Theatre at TED Talks said, “Courage is irrelevant. What’s relevant is whether or not you have thought it through. If you have thought it through, just do.”This is what I want to convey to you all with my cafe.

Q4. I noticed from the menu that other than coffee, you offer cinnamon apple hot pressed sandwich and peanut butter marshmallow sandwich. Did you specifically learn how to make these, and where does the inspiration come from?
Tzemdas Kaffa : My business partner Joey was a barista in Perth a year before this. When we were designing our menu, we incorporated a large portion of foreign dining culture. Other than the sandwiches, our espressoalso contains a bit of the Aussie taste!

Q5. Did you notice anything different in Changhua after the opening of your cafe in 2016?
Tzemdas Kaffa : Before I returned to open this cafe, I had been away for more than ten years, studying and working. Changhua to me was not so much a place I feel related to. Even at the time when I moved back from Taipei to help with my dad’s business in Changhua, I felt like I was a Taipei person. I always returned to Taipei when I clocked off or had my day off. Now that I have this cafe that brings together costumers in this neighborhood, it feels like a space for exchanges. Some customers do language exchange here. Some customers take this space as a relay station of their lives. I gradually learn about the place of my origin, and I feel like I can have genuine exchanges with people freely here.

Q6. Recently, people talk a lot about the issue of elevating railway. What impact do you see if one day, the railway crossing on Ziqiang Road disappeared?
Tzemdas Kaffa : As a cafe, I don’t see much difference. Over the past decades we reside in this area. Both sides of the railway crossing are part of our daily lives. It only takes a few minutes to cross. Life seems not so much always in a rush. But to look at the issue from the perspective of urban development, it would be nice to use the budget to maintain historical sites and buildings instead of elevating the railway. Through the restoration and transformation of historical buildings, we can make Changhua unique
instead of a city that stays the same throughout time.

Q7. Tzemdas Kaffa is soon celebrating its one-year-old birthday. What are your expectations and thoughts for the coming year?
Tzemdas Kaffa : Time really flies! Can’t believe that I’ve been doing dishes for a year now. I hope that in the future my cafe can be more fully-equipped and well-rounded like what I imagined initially. First thing first, we need to be able to survive stably. In addition to offering quality coffee, I want to be able to organize events without too much worries (Looking up to Trip Cafe, WhiteCube and RedLeaf Cafe). We also hope to yield brilliant results in our flora designs as well. (Polly, the flora artist of Tzemdas Kaffa is
currently at Clean Day Flower Design studio picking up more skills.) I hope we can more closely connect with residents of this neighborhood (well I’ll think about running for chief of village…), and the partners we have can realize their dreams with one another’s help.

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手作.獨立思考咖啡 彰化市自強路248號

No.248, Ziqiang Rd., Changhua City, Changhua County 500, Taiwan

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