Green tea and coffee in Kyoto

November 21, 2018

Huaman Hideki,Koki Nakano

 

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If I ask you what a famous drink in Japan is, what would you think of? I think there are many options. However, the most the famous drink in Japan would be green tea, definitely. I think it is part of our culture and it is part of our tradition. The green tea is famous in Japan mostly in Kyoto prefecture. Everyone in my country loves it, even foreign people love to drink and eat foods flavored with it. It is also good for our health. Many foreigners come to Japan, to have green tea. There are some reasons for it.

 

We asked some international students in our school about green tea. Most of them said they like it because it has a similar taste to green tea which they can drink in another country. Also, they like it because they can focus to study when they drink it and what is more, it helps their memory work. Furthermore, green tea contains caffeine, like coffee, so they can keep awake when they want. Also, some exchange students said that the rule of making green tea is very interesting for them because the rule is kind of compact and nobody can learn about it in another country. Therefore, observing green tea being made is popular for foreigners.

There are many tea restaurant. Skin Kyoto called “Maccha house”. There are thousands of maccha houses in Japan and the most popular is the maccha house in Kawaramachi which is in Kyoto prefecture. There is such a long line at the place every day, even when it is raining. Many people wait for two or three hours to enjoy to. The reason why is because of SNS. Many people, mostly students, like to post food on SNS, like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. In maccha house they provide not also green tea drink but also sweets. Especially the most famous sweets they serve is called “uji maccha tiramisu”. Almost every customer, Japanese or non-Japanese, orders it because they serve it Japanese traditional container which is called “uji maccha” square wooden cup. It is said that it is a great idea using square wooden cup because they feel Japanese culture more deeply.

The last reason is that it is good for our health and it can provide benefits to us. For example, green tea increases or improves metabolism, burns calories, calms the mind and relaxes the body and so on. What is more, it helps us to prevent disease such as high blood pressure, aging, and diabetes, stroke.

Green tea is an important thing. It is a representative drink or food in my country. I am glad that green tea is known by many people from all over the world because it means that they’re able to touch upon Japanese culture. I can proudly say that it’s tasty besides they are many ways to have it. Moreover, green tea can help us to focus on studying and can protect us from disease.

 

Coffee.

 

 

Recently, a news story said that Kyoto was the top consumer of coffee in Japan. People in Kyoto drink more coffee than people from other prefectures. Do you know why? Perhaps, because there are a lot of students in Kyoto. We took a survey of customers in coffee shops in Kyoto city and asked “What do you drink coffee ? And why did you choose to come to this shop?” The consumers answered, “We are students. We saw some pictures of this shop and we thought it is quite nice so we wanted have a chat in a nice and fashionable place.” The students went there to talk or study because they wanted to do it in nice and quite shop. So,it is not only because the students like coffee, it is because they like the space and atmosphere there.

The number of coffee shops in Kyoto have been increasing. They serve coffee like Blue bottle coffee and Arabica coffee. Those shops are not only popular with Japanese people but also they are popular with foreigners, such as Koreans and Chinese, we observed. People paid money to buy coffees. They sat down but they didn’t drink it first. They took many pictures from different angles. They posted on SNS, mostly on Instagram. They finally drank their coffees when coffees were getting cold but they seemed happy. People in Kyoto drink coffee a lot and they also eat a lot of bread, so a culture of western food spreads in Kyoto. Many people ordered coffee with some sweets. Perhaps how much coffee people drink and how much bread and sweets people eat are commensurable. In Kyoto, there are a lot of coffee shops and also there a lot of universities. There are many students and, of course, there are many professors too. People in Kyoto tend to like something new so they want to share information. Coffee shops are used as a place where people can share their information. I learned a lot through this research. In Kyoto, there are a lot of students and also foreign visitors of residents. They communicate and share information with each other while they drink coffee.

The Inoda Coffee Shops

THE INODA COFFEE SHOPS

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Inoda Coffee Shop

 

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.

 

▼MENU

Special Coffees

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Special coffees

  • 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.

Others

Cafe latte¥575

Wiener Coffee¥665

Coffee with ice cream¥665

Tea with lemon (milk or straight) ¥545

Juices ¥ 545~665

Beer ¥545

Food

Sandwich ¥ 600~¥ 1,820

Toast \340~\660

Spaghetti ¥820

Salad ¥540 ~¥1,230

Soup ¥490

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

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yummy desserts and cakes!

Cake ¥ 450

Ice cream¥490

Parfait ¥800 ~¥860

Mitsumame ¥595 ~¥800

(boiled beans, agar cubes, fruit and syrup)

 

▼Shop List

  • 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!