Café Culture

Café Culture

Living in Japan there are a few things from home that I miss.  Coming from Melbourne – a city where a great café is only as far as ‘just around the corner’ – I do miss sitting down to good coffee and freshly baked treats. Sure, there are coffee shops in Japan but unless you know where to go you are more likely to get drip than espresso. And where you might hope to find a toasted chunk of dense, chewy bread to accompany your morning brew, you will probably be offered an oversized slice of airy, white toast. I was recently introduced to a bakery café that provides the perfect answer. The coffee is single origin, roasted in-house and ground to order and the bread, oh the bread! The bread is made on-site, baked in a wood-fired oven. Choices change daily but could include apricot, mixed grain or a crusty country-style. You can pick up a loaf for home or order a couple of slices of toast or a sandwich to enjoy in the café. For home, my choice is usually the grainy loaf, full of flavour and excellent with the raspberry jam that my mum keeps sending over. And for a bite to eat in the café, I like the salmon sandwich, fresh bread, smoked salmon, crisp lettuce and just the right amount of onion. I have a feeling that when we eventually return to Australia this place will be one that I miss.

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