The journey of coffee to the heart of the Japanese

Posted: 17/03/2021
Category: Food and Beverages

☕️✨ Coffee is a drink loved all over the world. Although Japan is well known for its tea culture and traditions, the popularity of Japanese coffee has grown in recent decades and has left its mark on Japanese culture. From a sophisticated cup of hand-dripped black coffee, to a bottle of cold milk with coffee after a hot bath at the local sento, or savoring a creation of coffee with sugar, coffee has claimed its own place in everyday life. day of the people of Japan.

Coffee in vending machines (jidouhanbaiki)

⛩Coffee's journey to the heart and homes of the Japanese was not an easy one. It began in Nagasaki around the 17th century, where it was brought and drunk by the Dutch inhabitants of the city. Its bitter taste did not match the palette of flavors of the Japanese of that time and reminded people of the taste of something burnt. When Japan opened its ports for international trade during the Meiji period, imported coffee was not yet favored by most people. In 1888, Eikei Tei (also known as Tsurukichi Nishimura), who had recently returned from studying abroad, opened the first Japanese café in Ueno. Inspired by cafés in France, where artists and writers gather to socialize, he wanted to create something similar in his home country. Unfortunately, the café closed after a few years. Not long after, however, at the end of the Meiji period, coffee began to gain popularity and after a while before the cafés around Tokyo opened. Most of the cafés were located in the sophisticated Ginza district, frequented mainly by influential artists and people.

Instant coffee paper bags

🍵Many cafés in Japan offer tea-based drinks, such as matcha and houjicha latte. Instead of baristas, in these contemporary tea shops you will find charistas. The term is a pun because cha (茶) means "tea" in Japanese and refers to people with high skills and knowledge about Japanese tea, but not necessarily in connection with the art of tea ceremony.

Latte Art

Matcha Latte art

Japanese method to make coffee:
Japanese Pour Over Coffee Method - YouTube
Latte Art (panda and cat):
Japanese Cute Latte Art - Cat, Panda - Matcha Latte - YouTube

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