Discreetly tucked onto a corner of the bustling Huguosi snack street, Coffee Tags is a café lifted straight from the pages of one of the achingly cool magazines (Time Out Beijing notwithstanding) that are available for perusal within. The vibe here is minimalism to the max: there are four low tables, a sparse menu, and a couple of weak cake options that it needn’t have bothered with. Because sad cakes aside, Coffee Tags pulls off the pretentious attitude of its interior with truly excellent coffee. The South African filter we try (45RMB, others go up to 65RMB per cup) is wonderful – smooth, thick, chocolatey and bitter with a strength and complexity of flavour we’ve yet to find anywhere else in Beijing (and we’ve tried a lot). It’s also flippin’ expensive, small, and prepared by one waiter and approximately six bits of equipment.
As for the average joes, espressos (25RMB) and americanos (30RMB) price up well over the city standard, but do their best to warrant it. Whether you think the fee and mafan is worth it is up to you, but serious coffee lovers won’t be disappointed here.
Good for Coffee that makes you feel like a Very Serious Person; a masterclass in delayed gratification
What’s nearby Huguosi snack street, Beijing Massage Hospital, the financial district