Dear Howard Schultz (for my friends who don’t know, he is the CEO of Starbucks),
I just finished reading Onward and I found it both informative and inspiring. After reading the part about the Clover coffee machine, I decided to find one in Japan and by some amazing chance, I located one in Osaka where I went on a day trip over the weekend. (it’s the only machine in Osaka!)
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.
Mahou Coffee is colorful café located in Ginowan, just outside of Naha City. I am not sure how easily this coffee shop can be reached without a car, but it was well worth the drive. From the outside, Mahou looks like a regular boxy Okinawa home.
When I first saw a picture of the Tokyo Tea Room in a book about old Okayama coffee shops, I knew I would eventually find my way there. This very unique shop is located on Akura Dori not too far from the amazing Fa Niente restaurant and I am pretty sure I walked in front of it many times and never stopped because of the UCC coffee sign. Ueshima Coffee company produces some good coffee, but it’s never my first choice. Something else took me here, just keep up reading…
Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture is my kind of city, not too big, not too small and packed with old streets. Kanazawa wasn’t bombed during the second world war, so it has that old Japanese city feel.
After being caught in the rain during a visit to the famous Kenrokuen garden, we found refuge at Tachibana Coffee.
Koba Coffee is a brand new coffee roaster located in the heart of the old Bikan area in Kurashiki. It’s a bit on the edge of the old historic area on one of the smaller streets near Ivy Square, but it’s worth the trip. Kurashiki is such a nice place, so it’s always fun to play tourist in my own town.
Union Bread has been for a couple of years my go to place in Kurashiki for great bread, but I somehow never posted anything about it. It’s not too late to recommend this great little bakery built inside two shipping containers.
I arrived in Osaka at 9AM and I was surprised to find the city so calm. The sun was already scorching hot and the streets were empty when I made it to the Maxx Department Store. It’s weird to see the calmer side of Osaka and Streamer is the perfect place to start the day. I think that Osaka kicks into second gear at around 11 AM, so it’s a blessing to find this place open.
I don’t often watch Japanese TV, but last night I saw an interesting segment on a news show about a new Starbucks concept store which recently opened in Tokyo, it’s called Inspired by Starbucks. The CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, was there for the opening.
I’ve been buying bread at boulangerie Mugi pretty much since they opened, but I had never ventured on the second floor of this beautifully renovated building in the heart of the Bikan area in Kurashiki City.