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Origins Coffee Company
Origins Coffee company is a new cafe in Chengdu’s Tongzilin that is run by two friendly American families. As well as all the usual coffees, they also sell a range of iced drinks (our personal favourite is the Iced Earl Grey Tea) and baked goods.They pull some very good espresso based drinks using beans from a local roastery in addition to a few pour over single origin coffees. The tea they serve is from Tea Pigs, a British brand that mixes black, green, herbal, and rooibos teas in creative flavours.
Their baked goods are all made in house with a daily selection of biscuits, muffins, generously frosted cupcakes, and pancake-sized cookies. We tried a fresh pumpkin cupcake which was nicely complemented by its thick cream cheese icing. The chocolate cupcake with peanut butter flavoured swiss meringue butter cream topped with a milk chocolate button is amazing. The chocolate chip cookie was marbled with quality melted chocolate throughout. The house made granola can be enjoyed in the cafe or bought in bulk to take home. The rice krispy squares are just like the ones you remember from home, made with real butter and vanilla, and are a customer favourite.
Origins’ winter menu adds brownies and some holiday favourites to the baked goods selection and the drinks section will include dark, white, and peppermint flavoured hot chocolates topped with house made marshmallows. They also plan to have cinnamon and gingerbread flavoured lattes. There is a good mix of tables for groups of friends and a bar with stools and enough USB equipped electrical outlets to charge nearly fifty devices. The soundtrack has been classic rock at a comfortable volume when we’ve been in and the mix of conversation in the room usually leans English, especially in the mornings. Origins offers hospitality and excellent value and is a welcome addition to the cluster of independently operated foreign restaurants along Tongzilin Nan Lu and Zijing. Coffees are 23-32 RMB, hot tea 17 RMB, baked goods 10-18 RMB.
Address: No. 14 Zijing East Road