Starbucks Reserve Auromar Panama Geisha tasting event in Kurashiki

The Kurashiki Aeon Mall Starbucks held a special tasting event on September 17th for the new Auromar Panama Geisha.  It’s the latest Reserve coffee to come out and I was fortunate enough to be invited to try it for free.

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Hakuba Baisen Coffee Roaster

It was my third day surviving on 7/11 coffee when I walked into Hakuba Baisen.  I recently spent some quality time in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture and enjoying the cool air of Hakuba and Omachi, but my coffee addiction needed some quality fuel. By chance, I found Hakuba Baisen in a hiking magazine.

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UCC Coffee Museum and UCC Coffee Road

by Luc Gougeon

UCC or Ueshima Coffee Company is a household name for any coffee drinkers in Japan. The brand is omnipresent and I was super happy to visit their coffee museum which is located in Kobe.   It’s also where I drank one of the rarest coffee in the world, just keep reading.

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Toushinden Yakiniku

Toushinden Yakiniku is located on route 30 not too far from route 2, if you are familiar with Okayama, this is the road that goes to Tamano.   It most definitely not centrally located, but it is worth the bike ride, the bus ride, the walk or anything that will get you there.   It was so good, I would probably go on a pogo stick if I had to.

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Yabaton Misokatsu

Nagoya has the reputation of being a heavy weight player in the B-1 gourmet scene in Japan and I finally had a chance to see what all the fuss was about.  I came back from Nagoya slightly fatter, but it’s worth the extra effort it will take to burn it off.

Yabaton Misokatsu came highly recommended by a friend who lives in Nagoya.  You know it’s trouble when the logo of a shop has a sumo wrestling pig on it, but Yabaton is all about pig, more precisely, deep fried pork cutlet.

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