I took me a while to go to Cafe Rico Coffee Roastery but it was worth the visit. Please note that Cafe Rico is not a coffee shop, but a full on coffee roaster providing fresh coffee to a myriad of fine coffee shops all over Okayama and Kurashiki. I drank my first cup of Cafe Rico at Cafe Un Deux and it was soon followed by another at Machista.
Cafe Rico is located about 2 min from Hazakawa station not too far from route 22. The roastery is housed inside a nice vast old wooden building in the middle of a residential area. In Japan, finding a coffee roaster is easy, just spot the chimney since they aren’t that common.
I went to Cafe Rico to buy some Brazil Morango beans that I drank at Cafe Un Deux, a very fruity coffee. The owner of Cafe Rico showed us around and it turn out that he had only one bag of Morango left and offered to roast some for me.
The Morango beans are so nice!
The green beans are amazingly fragrant and with a strong strawberry hint.
The beans were roasted on a small Italian Petroncini roaster, that thing is a beauty!
The big roaster is an American Diedrich
The coffee grinder at Cafe Rico is a real nice piece of equipment.
Like I said, Cafe Rico beans can be found all over Okayama. Here is a list of shops:
Like I said earlier, Cafe Rico is more of a wholeseller than a coffee shop, but it’s well worth a visit.