Add:3 Qingnian Rd
Run by the vice president of Hangzhou Coffee and Western-style Food Association, Northfei Cafe is a slick operation. It imports raw coffee beans and bakes them both for its own use and to supply other cafes in the city.
It offers coffees made from beans from Africa, Brazil, Columbia and Yunnan Province of south China.
The cafe is quiet and is simply decorated in a courtyard style. On its walls are art photographs and certificates of merit that Northfei baristas earned home and abroad.
One recommendation is the chocolate hazelnut latte that won the Creative Coffee Award in the 2009 World Baristas.
Irish Coffee is also a signature beverage, not only for its taste but for the spectacular way in which it is made. Customers are invited to watch as the barista sets a glass of Irish whiskey and a glass of syrup alight, blending the two by pouring the flaming liquid from one glass to the other.
Once whiskey and syrup are blended, an icy cream topping is added, so that a sip combines the coffee's heat and whiskey strength with the cream's sweetness, coldness and softness.
Milkshakes, cocktails and four kinds of cigars are also on the menu.