In an alley merely a spitting distance away from the prominent Heping W. Road, across an empty allotment, adjoined comfortably to a typically austere residential building, Cafe Macho (早秋咖啡) is something of a peculiarity in its chosen location. Unlike other similar store-front businesses running in trendy areas, the equally urbane coffee shop, concealed by the camouflage of regularity, is rather difficult to come across by chance.

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Owner Bang Wei (邦維) built the lively interiors of the shop manually with the help of his co-workers and opened for business in June 2012. Having worked for other cafes before, he started his own intending it to be more distinctive – a part ‘home’, part ‘information centre’ for all its patrons.

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With a visit, the sentiment is immediately apparent. A ‘No Nukes – No More Fukushima’ cloth banner bigger than their actual signage is the first thing to welcome you. At the doorstep, a plain table of flyers and brochures can easily be accessed even by non-customers; albeit not lacking any. As a matter of fact, the moderately-sized establishment is usually full, visited often by the bookish and students from nearby universities competing for free tables. But once seated inside, the atmosphere is indeed home-y yet vibrant; a well balanced environment unobtrusive to work and fitting for relaxation.

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No. 10, Jinjiang Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIA KAO