With the cold creeping in, there is nothing like an excellent steaming coffee to warm the cockles. I am a bit of what I shamelessly refer to as a coffee snob. One iteration of my life was the pleasure of owning and operating a mobile café for five years before a lot of people caught on that it was fun and profitable. That endeavor became competitive and more worry than pleasure, so it was time to move on.
There have been suggestions over the years that coffee is not good for you, but I am confident that it is just NOT true, and what would life be without it!? Even a cursory search on the web will reveal that there is considerable evidence that drinking coffee improves health. Controlled studies have shown that it benefits memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times, and general mental function. And it has more antioxidants than a glass of grape juice. It is thought to increase the strength of your DNA and reduces muscle pain after a physical work out. More impressively, it lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s, liver cirrhosis or liver cancer, gout, multiple sclerosis, type 2 diabetes, just to name a few.
Anyway, whatever you may think about the above assertions, in the end, it makes you feel alert and happy in the morning. That said, everyone has their preferred order – perhaps a latte, a piccolo, or maybe a long black. If you have not chosen your poison, perhaps it is time? Here are some options for you to try.
Now, I could hold forth about strength and aroma, flavor affectations, the silkiness of milk, ad nauseum, but it is all subjective, so I say get out there and find something you like.
Here are a few suggestions in Hiroshima or a little further afield:
Not easy to find but worth seeking out. Good coffee served in a DIY set up kind of atmosphere with cakes or thick cut toast.
3−3−3 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima (map link)
Obscura Coffee Roasters
Obscura Coffee Roasters is on a side street of the main shopping drag Hon Dori. Good and reliable, committed to coffee excellence.
3-28 Fukuromachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0036, Hiroshima Prefecture (map link)
Akam Coffee Works
Serves excellent dark roasted espresso from beans the owner roasts and he also gives beginner to advanced workshops on hand-roasted coffee.
Recommended for those who want to relax and enjoy their breakfast with carefully prepared coffee in a comfortable environment with the pleasant aroma of coffee.[
Consistently good coffee (although I like my latte just a tad hotter). Right on the Omotesando shopping street. I always stop by on a tour.
(named after the Hindu god who became known in Japan as Benzaiten – the deity of everything that flows – water, music poetry…coffee) Good coffee and cake, light meals next best on Miyajima (in my mind)