FUMI Coffee, Fumin Lu’s latest brew haunt is seriously hip. It’s hard to miss the modern space as you’re sauntering down the street; stools line the half-bay windows and a feature-wall of stovetop espresso makers can’t help but draw coffee fanatics through the door.
Thankfully, the brews match the decor in both quality and style. To sample a range of the FUMI offerings, opt for the Tasting Combo Set (55-65RMB depending on the bean), which takes you on a coffee-tasting tour starting with a drip coffee, then moving to a piccolo latte and an espresso (with a small biscotti to help you on your way). Although having three coffees in front of you can feel overwhelming, it’s certainly an interesting way to taste the different preparation methods.
If you’re just after a solo cup, the piccolo latte (25RMB) offers a perfectly extracted shot of coffee topped up with a small amount of milk. It’s creamy; stronger thana latte, but smoother than an espresso. Bellissimo.
To eat, there’s a glass cabinet filled with slices of cake and tarts that shouldn’t be ignored. With offerings rotating depending on the day, options include a fluffy cheesecake, a dense carrot cake with a sweet cream-cheese frosting, and a glorious strawberry tart topped with a swirl of whipped cream (prices start at 35RMB).
Our only gripe with FUMI Coffee isn’t against the café itself, but more with the crowd that it attracts. As is often the case in Shanghai, hip new hangouts become ad hoc photo studios for amateur photographers. If you’re after a quiet cup of coffee, avoid heading here, at least for the next few months until somewhere hipper/newer opens. If you manage to avoid the camera-wielding crowds, the coffee is certainly worth sampling.