Coffee fanatics are flocking to Soloist Coffee Co, one of the few Dashilar venues to keep its doors open after last year’s Beijing Design Week.
The downstairs coffee bar takes a clinical approach to its craft: the coffee is roasted in house and stored in an old police station locker in glass jars, labelled with the beans’ diverse notes and exotic origins. Sit back in one of the chairs, salvaged from an old church, and observe the ritualistic pour-over (35-55RMB).
The staff are professorial and passionate: when we nibbled on our delectable blueberry cheesecake (35RMB), they politely advised us that doing so would change the subtle notes of the coffee. That attention to detail results in one spectacular cup of coffee.