It’s the weekend, I need coffee, I need eggs. It’s Japan. Where do I go for for my coffee and eggs? Well, it just so happens that Kyoto is essentially the culinary capital of Japan and for a few years now coffee has become almost as big as tea… OK, I might be exaggerating slightly there, but it’s big.
A friend invited me for my morning caffeine fix at a new place in town, Weekenders Coffee. What a funky little place, set back from the road in an old machiya at the back of a car park, with the most beautiful little gardens to sit and stare at whilst sipping on your cup of joe. The coffee wasn’t bad either! It was so good in fact that I stupidly disregarded my own ‘one coffee a day’ rule and had two (and then was completely wired for the next few hours).
First up I choose my usual wake up juice; a cappuccino. They had a choice of house beans or the special of the day which was a Columbian bean. I went Columbian. It was perfect for cappuccino, slightly bitter and strong but smooth and easy drinking. I was impressed, so I ordered more. By this time the sun was coming out and it was reaching 30C so I opted for an iced coffee (super popular in Japan in the hot summer months). It was their house-blend, cold-brewed ‘mizudashi’.
O. M. G.
It was strong…. But super tasty. Really rich and slightly chocolatey. This is where the caffeine shakes started to kick in (I hadn’t had any breaky at this point) so we hatched a plan to get our egg fix…
The guys told me about an awesome little Hawaiian diner called Eggs ‘n Things so we headed over to relieve my jitters. I ordered eggs benedict with fried breakfast potatoes. Delicious. The hollandaise was creamy, the eggs were perfectly poached and oozy and even the breakfast muffin was good. Often I find the bread in Japan to be a little sweet and fluffy and not fluffy in a good way, but these were tasty.