INTRO: A chain of Cafes in Taiwan is selling a salty coffee.
MOREINFO: The 85C Bakery Cafe wanted to attract its customers by introducing this new flavour. Around 15000 cups have been sold on a daily basis since the drink launched in December.
Barista Wu Yu Chin prepares a cup of coffee.
This cup won't be too sweet; it will be salty, what Chin has been pouring into the cup is table salt.
Wanting to keep up with their customers needs of finding new ways to enjoy their coffee, this cafe chain in Taiwan decided to add salt.
Chin is also the assistant manager of research and development at the 85C Bakery Cafe.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) ASSISTANT MANAGER OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, WU YU CHIN, SAYING:
"We use salt to accentuate the flavour when eating fruits, and also using it on high-quality steaks. It brings out the best taste in food. I tried this combination since it's never used in coffee."
Salt is melted into the coffee foam, it's then poured into the cup and a dash of cocoa mix is sprinkled on top.
It isn't too salty, sugar is also added to give it that bitter sweet taste.
And customers are enjoying this saline mix.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 26-YEAR-OLD CUSTOMER, CHIANG SHOU-HUA, SAYING:
"I can taste the first layer of the milk cream that is a bit salty. It's a good multi-layered taste once I get to the coffee at the bottom, while tasting the cream on top first."
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 61-YEAR-OLD CUSTOMER, LIN BAO-SHOU, SAYING:
"The salty taste in the mouth feels great."
Since its development in December around 15,000 cups have been sold daily.
The Cafe chain is now looking to serve its salty coffee at its cafes in Australia and Shanghai.
Basmah Fahim, Reuters.