I saw a picture that a former student of mine (who is a barista hoping to own a coffee shop in Kameoka one day) put up a picture of latte art from 小川珈琲 京都三条店Kyoto Sanjo Ogawa Coffee); I put Ogawa Coffee on my list of cafés to visit. I finally got to go last month in late September after work.
The naturally colored interior of Kyoto Sanjo Ogawa Coffee looks sleek and elegant; I felt under-dressed in jeans and it didn’t help that everyone else around me was on the dressy side, including the staff in uniform. And with the barista aiming for excellence, the coffee served here is amazing. And the sweets that they serve are all homemade.
I ordered the 米粉ワッフルkome-ko waffuru (rice-flour waffles), ￥650, and カプチーノkapuchiino (cappuccino), ￥650.
I was so happy with my latte art that I had to stop myself from crying out loud, “How did you know!?” For those who don’t know, the word for “moon” in Korean is similar to the pronunciation of my name, that’s why the moon is so precious to me and I feel it represents me. I felt like the barista, whoever he/she was, had felt a special connection to me. ☺
I didn’t dare put my lips to it until I had been through half of my waffle (which was delicious, just the right amount of sweetness because I asked for it without ice cream) before giving in and trying it, VERY carefully. Luckily I was able to keep the drawing of the moon in tact until the end.
I was seated on the first floor when I told them that I didn’t smoke; I took it that the second floor is where they allowed the smoking. However, there’s supposed to be a wonderful view of Takase River up there; maybe one of these days I’ll have to risk my life for half an hour or so or just hope that there’s not a lot of people when I go next.