Coffee for Life: Coffee Shops in Hiroshima

ByHugh Cann
Nov 27, 2019

Coffee for Life: Coffee Shops in Hiroshima

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.

  • Solo: A single shot of espresso, the purest coffee experience.
  • Doppio: A double shot of espresso.
  • Ristretto: A more concentrated stronger espresso.
  • Flat White: Originated from Aust /NZ it is milk heated to be creamy and poured over a shot of espresso.)8I will always have a double
  • Cafe Latte: Steamed (or scalded) milk and a single shot of coffee. It is usually quite frothy, and you’ll find that generally in Japan, cafes (notably Starbucks and Tully’s) don’t understand the difference between this and a flat white.
  • Cappuccino: Possibly the most popular type of coffee, it consists of three layers: a shot of espresso, a shot of steamed milk, and finally a layer of frothed, foamy milk garnished with cocoa powder.
  • Macchiato (sometimes erroneously – to my mind – known as a Piccolo Latte): A shot of espresso topped off with foamed milk dashed directly into the cup. Similar, but it is a lot smaller than a cappuccino and served in a more diminutive cup.
  • Long Black: Two shots of espresso poured into a cup of boiled water. In that order.
  • Caffè Americano: Boiled water poured over a shot of espresso coffee. In. that order.
  • Mochaccino: A ‘mocha’ is a latte with added chocolate powder or syrup, sometimes topped with whipped cream.
  • Irish Coffee: Coffee brewed with whiskey, sugar, and a thick layer of cream on the top.
  • Cafe Vienna: Two shots of particularly strong espresso together before whipped cream is added as a substitute for milk and sugar.
  • Affogato: A shot of espresso poured over a desert (usually ice cream).

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:

Kiki Coffee

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)
+81 82-249-7543

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.

1-9-7 Kokutaiji, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City (map link)

Omasu 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.[

3-23-5 Ozuka-nishi, Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima (map link)

Miyajima 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.

464-3 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima (map link)


(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)

407 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi (map link)

Image by Juja Han juja_han [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

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