Guangzhou Cafe Review: Coffii&Joy

By Ryan Gandolfo, April 30, 2019

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The Place

There’s a new spot you can enjoy your morning cup of Joe in Taojin. Located on Huanshi Dong Lu, Coffii&Joy has officially touched ground in Canton, bringing even more competition into the world of java. This sleek stand-alone coffee shop is the brainchild of Yum China, with the concept starting in 2018 and expanding across major cities like Shanghai, Hangzhou and now down south. The Guangzhou spot has two main seating areas: a massive square wooden countertop inside the store and tables under a pagoda just a few steps away from the entrance.

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The Drinks

Coffii&Joy offers up all the standard drinks you can find at most coffee shops around Canton, such as Americanos (RMB21) and lattes (RMB25). The brand also introduces seasonal, quirkily named beverages, like the ‘stubbled uncle’ coffee (RMB32), which looks to be half milk, half Guatemala Antigua coffee. 

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On our visit, we ordered up the shop’s cold drip coffee, which uses Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee beans, giving the brew a nice and fragrant taste. The wait wasn’t painfully long, but we also had no one in line before us as we sought an energy boost to get us through a long weekday afternoon. The shop also serves up a selection of sandwiches and baked goods for a little something to munch on with your drink.

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The Vibe

We find Coffii&Joy to have a pretty sweet layout, with a vibrant color scheme and design. It strikes us as a nice place for one-on-one chats or to go people watching along one of Guangzhou’s main thoroughfares, although we’ve got to say it probably isn’t the comfiest place for cranking out work. For that, we’d argue Starbucks still reins king.

Who’s going: anyone who drinks Coffee, Taojin dwellers
Price: RMB30
Good for: a cup of Joe, pagoda chats
Nearest metro: Taojin (Exit B), 2 minutes’ walk

See listing for Coffii&Joy.

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