gallery Traveller’s Coffee | Variety and Authenticity Abounds

Located at the head of Gu Lou’s pedestrian promenade, Traveller’s Coffee is an obvious choice when looking for one’s caffeine fix. The international chain has enjoyed a nice run since opening its doors in the revamped Gu Lou, with many flocking to the shop for artisan espressos, pour overs and other variations on coffee beverages. Though coffee is what the brand is known for (it is right there in the name), our Ningbo location has a plethora of offerings that go well beyond the java.

Given that summer is back with a vengeance, the cold drinks menu might be the best first step when exploring the new menu. Traveller’s offers an array of blended lemonades and Italian-style sodas to help cool down from the infamous Ningbo heat and humidity. A classic Italian soda, the mixture of flavored syrups and soda water, offer a sweet, refreshing carbonated beverage with a fraction of the calories and sugar present in manufactured soft drinks like Coca Cola or Sprite. Traveller’s uses 1883 de Philibert Routin syrups, which offer a tremendous variety of taste as well as sugar-free options for those looking for a healthier option.

These same syrups are used in the shop’s flavored lemonades, save the seasonal lemonade which is made with whichever fresh local fruit is currently in season. Rest assured that as long as they’re in season, you’ll be able to grab a yangmei lemonade in Gu Lou and truly embrace the flavor of a Ningbo summer.

Seasonal fruit-inspired drinks and dishes are a recurring theme at Traveller’s Coffee, which also offers tartelettes made from the stuff in addition to their year-round selections. Be on the lookout for a sweet and tangy yangmei tartelette, most likely for a very limited time.

As with the drinks, Traveller’s dining menu offers a diverse selection of sandwiches, wraps and other food choices. The fare is, for the most part, light, healthy and very international. There are a number of panini options for those in search of a hot, melty, pressed sandwich. Wraps, such as the Chicken Pesto Wrap offer a little less bread and a slightly cooler option. The menu also thankfully features a few vegan-friendly options, making the shop a nice, agreeable place where everyone can find what they’re after. One such option is the particularly tasty pumpkin hummus wrap, which would please even the most carnivorous among us.

Desserts are also heavily featured in the Traveller’s menu, going above and beyond the typical coffee shop offerings of barely passable tiramisu and lighter-than-air cheesecake. The American owners and management ensure that each dessert is prepared exactly as it should be. In addition to the previously-mentioned tartelettes, there are a myriad of choices to indulge one’s sweet tooth. The shop also offers up its own take on macarons, those colorful little almond cakes which are seemingly everywhere in Ningbo at the moment. These are also quite tasty. However the star is the cheesecake, which is clearly made by someone who understands that the real stuff should double as a paperweight and taste like pure, creamy bliss.

Oh, and the coffee is pretty darn good as well.

Traveller’s Coffee is quickly working towards opening its second Ningbo location in Tian Yi Square. For now, the Gu Lou location offers a nice place to sit, inside or out, in addition to its tasty, refreshing and extensive menu.

旅人咖啡 | 品种繁多且原始纯正
作者Ningbo Guide

旅人咖啡位于鼓楼步行通道街头,当你想来点咖啡因醒神时,这里显然是一个好选择。自从将店面开设在翻新后的鼓楼之后,大批游客就前往商店寻找手艺人的浓咖啡、手冲咖啡和咖啡饮品的其他种类。因而,这家国际连锁店就获得了良好的运营。虽然咖啡是该品牌出名的原因(也正存在于它的名称之中),位于宁波的这家店有着大量的品种,远远超过爪哇产的咖啡。

鉴于夏季热浪汹涌来袭,在探索新菜单时,冷饮菜单可能是最好的第一步骤。旅人咖啡提供各种各样的混合柠檬汽水和意式苏打水,来消解宁波臭名昭著的高温和潮湿。经典的意式苏打水,混合着芳香的糖水和苏打水,提供了一种香甜提神的碳酸饮料,带着一小部分出现在如可口可乐或雪碧这样的人造软饮料里的卡路里和糖分。旅人咖啡使用法国1883 Philibert Routin庄园的果露糖浆,为那些寻找更为健康饮料的人士,提供了各式各样的味道以及无糖选择。

这些同样的糖浆也使用在店里的果味柠檬汽水,只要将季节性的柠檬与当季该地现有的水果混合在一起。只要它们正当时节,你就能够在鼓楼喝到一杯杨梅柠檬汽水,真正饱含了宁波夏季的风味。

季节性水果激发的饮料和菜肴是旅人咖啡反复出现的主题,除他们全年可供挑选的东西外,这里也供应法式柠檬小塔。经常注意看是否有香味扑鼻的杨梅味法式柠檬小塔,最可能出现在一段非常有限的时间内。

搭配饮料的话,旅人咖啡的就餐菜单也提供各种选择的三明治、卷饼和其他食物选择。大部分食物都是清淡、健康、非常国际化的。对那些寻找热式融化压平的三明治,这里有各种意式热三明治选择。卷饼,例如鸡肉香蒜浆卷则提供了一个较少面包和较为清凉的选择。幸运的是,这里的菜单也提供一些严格素食主义者的选择,使得这家商店成为一个更为美好和惬意的地方,每个人都可以在这里找到想吃的东西。这种选择之一就是尤其美味的南瓜鹰嘴豆泥卷,它甚至可以讨好我们中大部分的肉食主义者。

甜点在旅人咖啡的菜单中也占很大比例,比经典咖啡屋供应的勉强合格的提拉米苏和轻于空气的奶酪蛋糕更多更好。美国店主和管理人员保证每道甜点都按其应有的做法得到精良制备。除了前面提到的法式柠檬小塔,这里还有各种各样的选择可以让你纵情沉溺于甜食之中。这家店也提供自己特色的马卡龙,这些五彩缤纷的小杏仁饼眼下在宁波似乎是无处不在。这些杏仁饼也十分美味。但是,这里的明星产品是奶酪蛋糕,显然制作它的人懂得真正的奶酪应该有镇纸的两倍重,而且尝起来就像是单纯且柔软滑腻的快乐。

噢,对了,这里的咖啡也是相当的好。

旅人咖啡很快要在宁波天一广场开设第二家店面。而目前,鼓楼的店面除了它美味醒神和品种丰富的菜单外,也提供了一个在店内或店外就座的好去处。

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