Although I’ve heard of 前田珈琲Maeda Coffee which was founded in 1971 (the founder used to work at イノダコーヒーInoda Coffee) before, I just didn’t know where the 本店honten (flagship store) was, or I just didn’t realize that I’d passed it before (I tend to have a severe case of tunnel vision and focus only on my goal at the time, especially in the past). Mason and I passed it on 蛸薬師通Takoyakushi Street (yes, I hadn’t really taken notice of it before because I’ve passed that way many times) when we were going in search of 梅園Umezono’s new café about mid-August and I made a mental note of Maeda’s location. However, I didn’t have to wait long to go because we discovered うめぞのUmezono CAFE + GALLERY to be closed and we immediately backtracked to Maeda.
still roasting the best coffee beans from around the world with a machine from 1970
Maeda Coffee goodies to be eaten in the café or taken home.
the side with the register
the view of the front from the back
the back where we were seated in the non-smoking section
We took a very long time to decide what we wanted (blame it on the hot day rendering us senseless) but finally we were ready to order. Mason got the コーヒープリンkoohii purin (coffee pudding), ￥350,
and a ホットカフェあオレhotto kafe oore (hot café au lait), ￥500, that came in one of the café’s cute original cups!
So cute that I have to show you both sides.☺
I got the ほうじ茶ブリュレhouji-cha buryure (roasted green tea brulée), ￥390, and the 丹波黒大豆きなこ黒蜜のカフェラッテTanba kuro-daizu kinako kuromitsu no kafe ratte (Tanba black soybean, kinako & brown sugar syrup caffè latte, ￥630, which came out with the presentation of matcha.
Mason let me have a bit of her pudding and I had a little food envy (to quote Laurel) because it had a smooth coffee taste and was just the right amount of sweetness. My brulée was good, too, creamy and with the houji-cha flavor spreading mildly in my mouth. The best way of eating both desserts was a quarter of the small spoon at a time, to make it last longer and that we did☺. I didn’t get to taste Mason’s café au lait because I was too awestruck with my own but Mason seemed satisfied with her choice. The taste of kinako and syrup was subtle; the drink was what the Japanese would have described as 優しいyasashii (gentle). And there was plenty of it! There’s nothing like holding a large cup of deliciousness up to my mouth with both hands.☺
Did I mention that the staff is also yasashii (kind)? Definitely another reason to like this coffeeshop!