July 5, 2014
THE INODA COFFEE SHOPS
▼What is an Inoda Coffee Shop?
Inoda coffee is a famous coffee shop chain which has its base in Kyoto, and has been familiar to the people of Kyoto for a very long time. The first shop opened in 1947, and now in 2014, it has eleven branch shops in Japan. Inoda coffee shops serve original blend coffee made by using a cotton filter.
▼Attractive points of Inoda Coffee Shops
- Inoda style coffee
In Inoda coffee shops, they supply coffee that already has sugar and milk mixed in. The reason for this is that at the time the first shop was established, coffee was very rare, so people took a long time over drinking it. It is difficult to mix sugar and milk into cold coffee. That is why they supply coffee in this Inoda style.
- Original roast
From 2002, Inoda has had its own bean roasting factory. Almost all the coffee beans sold in the shops are processed there. Customers can also buy these coffee beans and other goods in the shop.
- Interior of shops
Why do local people prefer Inoda coffee shops? One of the main reasons is the luxurious interiors. The shops look like the old style coffee shops that used to be common throughout Japan.
- Morning set
This is a popular breakfast time set only available from opening time to 11.00 am.
- Staff service
Recently, many coffee chain shops offer a service, whereby the customer purchases in a ‘take out’ style. In contrast to this, Inoda coffee shops offer a service with staff wearing suits and bow ties.
- Original cake factory
Ketel is the original cake and dessert brand of Inoda coffee, and follows a German style pastry tradition. However, it does not only follow the German style but also adopts Japanese seasonal cakes. In September 2014, Ketel will open their first cake shop.
- Pearl of Arabia (Hot coffee) ￥515
This is based on Mocha coffee, a European type blend with a deep roast flavor. Inoda coffee has used this blend since their foundation.
- Emerald of Colombia
This Colombian style coffee is a blend of American types with a shallow roast and refreshing flavor
- Extras ￥575
This special offering combines beans from Jamaica and other beans from around the world
- Premium ￥575
Based on Guatemalan coffee style from Latin America, this is a full and strong European type with a deep roast flavor.
- German ￥575
European type blend based on Brazilian beans. The deepest roasted blend available at Inoda coffee
- African blend ￥575
The full roasted flavor of African beans.
Coffee with ice cream￥665
Tea with lemon (milk or straight) ￥545
Juices ¥ 545～665
Sandwich ¥ 600～¥ 1,820
Salad ￥540 ～￥1,230
Set menu ￥800~￥1,230
Kyoto breakfast set ￥1,230
Inoda Coffee shops use boneless ham made in Japan, using a traditional German method of curing.
Desserts and Others
Cake ¥ 450
Parfait ￥800 ～￥860
Mitsumame ￥595 ～￥800
(boiled beans, agar cubes, fruit and syrup)
- Honten (Original shop)
This is the flagship store and the location of the head office. It is housed in a traditional Kyoto style building and has two floors. On the first floor, there are five meter high windows.
Address: Douyuuchou Sanjoukudaru, Sakaimachi-dori, Chuukyo-ku Kyoto
- Sanjo Branch
Opened in 1970, there is circular counter here and you can enjoy watching staff make the coffee.
Address: Masuya-machi 69, Sakaimachi Higasi-hairuSanjo douri, Chukyo-ku Kyoto
- Shijo Branch
Opened in 1965,this is the largest branch, and has many items on its food menu. Smoking is allowed in the basement area here.
Address: Tachiurinishi chou 66, Shijo-touri Higashidoukouin Higashihairu, Aimokyo-ku, Kyoto
- Coffee Salon Branch
This branch is located in Daimarui department store, downtown on Shijo street.
Address: Tachiuri cho 79, Takakura Nishihairu, Shijo-touri Shimokyo-ku, Kyoto
- Polta branch
This branch is situated in an underground shopping street near Kyoto station.
Address: Higashi shioshoji-chou 858-1, Shjimokyouku,Kyoto
- Kiyomizu branch
This elegant shop is located conveniently near the famous Kiyomizu temple. It is built in the style of a machiya (traditional style Kyoto house with Japanese tiles). Here you can sit in the garden and enjoy the house specialty of Kiyomizu sandwiches.
Address: Kiyomizu 3-34, Higashiku, Kyoto
Inoda coffee shops have been loved by the local people of Kyoto for a long time. While talking a break during sightseeing, why not pop in for an Inoda coffee experience, just like the people of Kyoto!