Sokoso Cafe The answer awaits at the source
From cafe hopping to coffee making
To Ye and Joseph, a cafe is a place to relax and enjoy coffee along with the vibe of the space. Cafe hopping is a lifestyle. “Since student life, we’ve explored all kinds of cafe and found our favorites. However, we seldom have time to properly enjoy a cup of coffee after we started working. Ye had years of experience working as a nutritionist, so we figured that we want to introduce nutritious diets in our menu. We want our customers
to eat happily and eat well. Applying the knowledge of nutrition to life is way more interesting than dealing with clinical cases in health education. Therefore, we started planning Sokoso Cafe step by step.”
Finding nutritious meal at its source
After Ye quit her job as clinical nutritionist, she started doing nutrition counseling out of her passion for the promotion of nutrition. Meanwhile, she started planning a cafe with Joseph from designing meals and beverages for the menu to arranging interior decor and furnitures. Everything started to come into places.
Before actually starting interior construction, Ye and Joseph went on a trip around the island seeking unique snacks and ingredients. They got to see the local beauty of Taiwan. They wanted to feel all the ingredients with their own senses as they visited farm owners, going from chicken farm inthe mountains, vegetable gardens to pastry bakeries. They first-handedlyexperienced picking food ingredients and witnessed the professional
attitude and lives of these craftsmen.
“Whether or not Sokoso Cafe has used all of the ingredients mentioned above, the meals that we provided to our customers are all thoroughly studied by ourselves.”
2016 The journey to the source of coffee
Just like our curiosity for what we have to offer on the dining table, coffee is the star of our cafe. Espresso and pour-over coffee are caffeine beverages made with coffee beans in different methods. However, due to Taiwan’s geographic conditions, the knowledge on growing and processing coffee beans is usually very limited to books or coffee seminars.
To ensure the quality of the coffee beans we purchase, and also out of my love for coffee, I embarked on an eleven-day journey to Panama with coffee bean traders. We visited several coffee plantations to closely examine coffee tree planting and picking and climate’s relation with coffee production. We also got to see different bean processing methods.After each owner of the plantation explained to us their unique planting
and processing techniques, I realized that the industry is not standardized as I have read from books. Actually, every plantation is unique and irreplaceable in its own way.
Additionally, I found that though each plantation follows a different planting philosophy, they all cherish the land by moderate fertilizing, ensuring corp and land coexistence, maintaining soil environment as it is, enhancing coffee bean utilization rate, etc. There’s a saying that goes, “Thank the tree while eating its fruit. Let nature take its course.” I see
it in the doing of the plantation owners. As the journey came to an end, I wanted to bring back these concepts to Taiwan and share. I remind myself of how they treat each coffee tree, how I want to convey the message to my customers every time I make coffee. After all, from a seed to a cup of coffee, each of the closely related processes requires highly professional work distribution so as to achieve perfection.
Great things are to be shared
Customers’ feeling of the space and shared concepts can be observed from our plates. We incorporate concepts of nutrition into our dishes, and our customers can easily learn about a balanced diet. They would then inquire us about how dishes are made, how to identify a decent cup of coffee. And these lovely moments are what make Sokoso proud.
Despite operated under a business motive, a cafe is able to ingeniously connect people, create a space in which locals and visitors to Changhua alike slow down and experience the beauty of Changhua by starting off a delightful afternoon with a cup of coffee and delicious meal.
04 722 7090 FB: Sokoso cafe 手勾手咖啡
彰化市華山路9號 No.9, Huashan Rd., Changhua City, Changhua County 500, Taiwan