Drinking tea with close friends is a common practice in Taiwan. Coffee is said to have become part of this everyday pastime when the island was under Japan’s rule. Over time, cafes influenced by Japanese coffee culture began to crop up, and Japan’s government started producing green coffee on the island in the 1930’s. Today, roasteries with world-class roasting and brewing skills are up and running. Dubbed “legendary coffee” for its rarity, specialty coffee grown in Taiwan is highly regarded around the world.