Featured { The CoffeeLab GYQ }

By joselle - October 01, 2019

“What the hell makes you smart?" I asked.
"I wouldn't go for coffee with you."
"Listen - I wouldn't ask you."
"That," she replied, "is what makes you stupid.”
― Erich Segal
Love Story

Finally getting around to blogging photos taken in the first half of the year, on the first day of the last  quarter! Time flies, indeed, and in a few days the husband and I will be celebrating our birthdays and it's all making me nostalgic, excited, hopeful (I'm just a mixed bag of emotions at this point).

Having coffee doesn't help the calm the jitters any, but it does help get things done. Posting this set I took of Coffeelab in GYQ, which I did for a friend's coffeeshop review and published on the Chongqing Expat Guide (for fun news about CQ, hit them up on Facebook!)

She interviews third wave coffeeshop owners, and gets to taste their coffee, too! She has a subscription business of her own since sourcing single-origin coffee is still pretty hard for individual consumers here. All of this is fun for me, since I get to take photos of great interiors, taste great coffee, and learn so much about third wave coffee and sustainable sourcing at the same time.

CoffeeLab is particularly cool because it is a small shop in the busy GYQ district, right outside the bus top. Inside, they have this laboratory theme going on, and a clipboard of the day's coffee offerings. Choose what you want based on source, type of brew, cold or hot, etc. The barista measures beans, grinds, brews, and serves right by the counter, so you can pretty much see how your coffee is made right in front of you.

Some might think that all that work means that they'd charge more than places like Starbucks or Costa, but surprise, surprise, they don't! Their espresso is less than 20 RMB, and the American coffee is even cheaper. A bottle of cold brew goes for 25 RMB. You can't beat these prices especially because so many cafes charge up to 48 RMB for a cuppa--my heart hurts just thinking about it.

The Coffeelab in pictures.
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