A battle of the daily staple beverages has been raging in Taiwan the past decade-plus, a titanic struggle for the hearts and minds of the people. Tea has sat proudly on the throne for centuries. The upstart coffee waded ashore from places foreign (i.e., Starbucks from the U.S.) in the 1990s. Which is winning? Which has the most legitimate claim to being the preferred daily beverage staple of Taiwan’s inhabitants?
Alec Gates and Alex Bryant are two cycling enthusiasts. Hailing from Texas, the two own Taipei Bike Works, a cycling shop tucked alongside a park in Taipei’s Dadaocheng neighborhood. The shop is a hard-won passion project for the two entrepreneurs, who have carved out a niche for themselves in Taiwan’s flourishing cycling industry.