Pronounced “foo-ku-oh-ka”, not how you said it the first time.
As I said months back, I had another post worth of photos of the other main coffee city in Japan: Fukuoka. It’s a much smaller city than Tokyo (still massive though, compared to Vancouver) but they completely held their own on the coffee side of things. The two cities have latte art contests against each other online, so I gather there is some kind of friendly rivalry between them.
And without further ado, I present to you:
Honey roasted their own coffee, which they get from being part of the Maruyama coffee group. What that translates to is a lot of access to award winning green through the cup of excellence and other sources. They were the only place we came across to have a clover, and they were sporting a synesso for bar drinks. A few pictures down you’ll see a map written out in only Japanese. It’s a map of other cafes to go visit in Fukuoka. I really appreciate that sort of camaraderie.
Manu has it going on. Brick exterior with lots of wood on the inside, perfectly small in size, licensed with Rogue Beer from Portland, OR. and open deathly late. (3 a.m. every night, except for Friday and Saturday, when they extend to 5 a.m.) They have 2 locations and a roastery in the works (which you’ll see further on). One particular night John and I went in at some point past midnight to find the place full, with the Smiths playing on the stereo and everyone smoking. Cool.
Going to Manly is a lot like drinking coffee in your friend’s kitchen. That is if your friend has a roaster in their kitchen. To this date it’s the only place I’ve ever seen a “donut coffee” maker in, which we had a cup made off it and bought. We were then shown how to fold the filter proper to fit it in the donut brew method. Despite the name, as far as I know it’s run by one person, and that person is a woman. That makes it even more Manly though.
Manu (other location)
Manu has 2 locations, and this was the other one. Both were very similar in style and design but their soul wasn’t compromised like so many independent-gone-multiple-location cafes I’ve been too. The main different was just that this spot had a slightly earlier closing time than it’s sister (midnight everyday except Sunday). Oh and also they would like you to know that they do take out coffee.
Manu was in the process of beginning to roast their own coffee while we were in town, and the owner invited us over to show me and John their roastery. It was conveniently located just a few blocks away from the first Manu, so we walked. The space had a Seattle-Grunge feel to it, and I mean that in a good way.
From what I can remember this was Adachi’s second location, and it just so happened to be located 20 minutes from a very remote country side area we were staying at for a few days. The interior was largely centered around cement, large windows, and wooden beams. They roast as far as I know, and it was rather roomy compared to most of the other cafes we visited around Japan. The staff were pretty excited when we came in and wanted us to make a few drinks for them, which we of course obliged.