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Yangmingshan’s new attraction is a coffee house

This old house at No. 70, Gezhi Road became “Cama Coffee Roasters” and opened on November 18th.
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This old house at No. 70, Gezhi Road became “Cama Coffee Roasters” and
opened on November 18th.
 
By Dory Chung
 
There once was a mysterious old house at the intersection of Gezhi Road and Jingshan Road, Yangmingshan area, surrounded by the fragrance of Osmanthus. It was the former residence of the Branch Director of the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institution. It is now a coffee shop run by the Cama Coffee Roasters.
 
The house built in 1940 had a design that combined western and Japanese styles. It had a Japanese façade and a Japanese style garden with bamboo trees. But its study room, living room, and bedrooms had western styles. It was registered as a Taipei historical building in 2013.
 
A corner of the beautiful old house, which was refurbished over the past 6 months. It is now a Japanese style building with a lovely garden.
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A corner of the beautiful old house, which was refurbished over the past 6 months. It is now a Japanese style building with a lovely garden.
 
The flagship coffee shop inside is a good place to experience great coffee in a forest setting.
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The flagship coffee shop inside is a good place to experience great coffee in a forest setting.
 
The “Old Houses Culture Plan” of the Department of Cultural Affairs has a bidding system for the rehabilitation of old buildings. Cama Coffee won the bid for this old house and spent over NT$30 million to refurbish it.
 
After six months of restoration work, coffee lovers can now enjoy their brew in a forest setting in Yangmingshan.
 
The old house decorated with modern art still conveys a traditional style.
Photo by DOCA
The old house decorated with modern art still conveys a traditional style.
 
DOCA Deputy Commissioner Tian Wei (田瑋), right, and He Binglin (何炳霖), the President of Cama Coffee Roasters, host the opening. together.
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DOCA Deputy Commissioner Tian Wei (田瑋), right, and He Binglin (何炳霖), the President of Cama Coffee Roasters, host the opening. together.

At the opening, DOCA Deputy Commissioner Tian Wei (田瑋) said: “This historical building was the first to be bid on under version 3.0 of the Old Houses Culture Plan. However, the new tenant can enjoys the reduced tax privilege under the Plan’s version 2.0. Moreover, the rental period started only after the refurbishing work.”
 
“This location is near the transportation hub of the Yangmingshan area. We hope that more companies bid for future old houses rehabilitation projects.”