“My job is a summer job. I used to work in Spain, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries.” The experience of traveling to many countries is usually an enviable lifestyle that everyone admires. However, for Fede, it began to feel tiring after five years of work. “I don’t like over-exploited seasides. When I came to Taitung, I felt the east coast is empty. By walking along the Suhua Highway and the road against east coast from Hualien to Taitung, I rarely saw any water activities in progress. The coast is amazing so that I thought I should give it a try!” he adds. Recalling his first impression of moving to Taitung, for the first time he had a sense of belonging after working in various countries. It was then that he began to find ways to stay in Taitung.
In the beginning, Fede’s goal was not to open a café, but rather to develop water activities in Taitung. “The situation in Taiwan is that everyone loves to eat, but people are afraid of the water. They love Spanish food, but there is no one wants to participate in water activities,” he says. After a few days of observation, he came to this conclusion. Soon after, he met Feng though a friend, who gave him the inspiration to realize his dream of staying in Taitung by running a coffee shop. “Feng is a legendary person. Because of their meeting, he found out that they have a consistent business philosophy,” he says. With his assistance, Cape Café has grown from scratch to the popular coffee shop it is today. As soon as the shop opens, it is always full of people,” he jokes. In the beginning, friend were not optimistic about the fact that he wanted to open a coffee shop in its current location. They told him that most restaurants in Dulan are open on the main road, and the location of Dulan Cape Café is extremely remote. “I didn’t put out any advertisements. The first guests heard about it through friends, and listened to other people. Some also got lost on their way. Then there were bloggers, and then TV shows. The business got better and better!”