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post : 2019.03.30 18:00
Do you enjoy coffee?
If you answered “yes”, my next question is: What does coffee mean to you? Some of you may say, “Coffee is a necessity for me to wake up in the morning.” Perhaps many of you may say, “It’s something that I need when I take a break,” or “Something to refresh my mind”.
How people spend their time with their “cup of coffee” can be different for everyone. But I think we all share the common thought, “I want a really good cup of coffee.”
So, do you always have that really good cup of coffee?
In the recent years in Okinawa, there are more and more businesses focusing on coffee. The coffee that we casually drink on a daily basis actually go through various steps from when the coffee growers plant the seeds to the coffee that we brew for our cups.
The coffee cherries are handpicked one by one, then the pulp is removed, fermented, and then washed with clean water. The beans are thoroughly dried and the skin is removed before separating them. The beans at this point are referred to as green beans (a step before roasting), and they are bagged and exported to various countries, and finally reaching the roaster. After the beans are roasted, they are cooled, then comes the grinding and brewing…
This process management is called “from seed to cup” and when any one of these steps are skipped, the quality declines. The amazingly delicious coffee of the highest quality made with all of these steps carefully taken and managed, are referred to by coffee fans across the globe as “specialty coffee”.
On April 26, 2016, T&M COFFEE opened for business on Paradise Dori (street) in Naha where you can enjoy such specialty coffees. The owner says, “I used to be more of a tea drinker,” until he came across a cup of delicious coffee at THE COFFEE SHOP in Daikanyama, Tokyo, which gave him a whole new impression of coffee.
When I asked him why he decided to open T&M COFFEE, he says, “I think what tastes delicious is different with everybody, but I hadn’t come across that perfect cup of coffee in Okinawa that matched all of my preferences. Just as I was so moved with that cup of coffee at THE COFFEE SHOP in Tokyo, I wanted to offer that ‘truly delicious coffee’ to the people in Okinawa.”
At T&M COFFEE, they offer four varieties of coffee beans that are medium roasted to bring out the natural sweetness and flavor, and you can also choose from four different ways of extracting; French press, siphon, nel drip, and paper drip. If you don’t know which coffee and brewing method you’d like to try, do ask the shop manager. He says, “Everyone’s standards on what’s delicious are different. So we can try to figure out which coffee and brewing methods will meet your preference together, and offer you that best cup of coffee.”
I told him that I prefer refreshing coffee with gentle acidity, without hesitating, the owner chose the Ethiopian beans, and extracted coffee with the siphon to bring out the sweetness and full flavor in a well-balanced way. I took a sip and was surprised at how the coffee tasted so clear and fresh. It glided smoothly down my throat and the sharp bitterness of coffee instantly disappeared and changed to a sweetness. It wasn’t as heavy as I had expected…and the aroma left a great impression. I was able to discover a new and enjoyable taste with every sip.
How about something sweet to accompany your coffee♪ I had their Tiramisu which is made with Kibi sugar that’s extracted from Okinawan sugarcane. The Tiramisu had a sophisticated taste that wasn’t too sweet, and made with generous amounts of Italian mascarpone cheese, and vanilla beans. In between the deep and delicious taste of the mascarpone is biscotti savoiardi that was soaked in espresso. The espresso used for the Tiramisu is made with the first Slayer Espresso machine from Seattle introduced in Okinawa.
The Slayer has a steam function which is loved by many coffee professionals, and when coffee is steamed before extraction, the espresso is rich and full of flavor.
T&M COFFEE is in a two-story building which was an old residence that was built immediately after the war. On the first floor are tables and counter seas. If you’re looking to take a break before work or sightseeing, you can choose to sit on the first floor where you can also see the owner prepare your coffee.
On the second floor are sofa seats, and if you feel like sitting back to enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee, you can choose to go to the second floor. The shop is close to Kokusai Street, so you can casually swing by when you’re in the area for shopping.
It’s important to cherish those relaxing moments to enjoy a cup of coffee, don’t you think? While you’re in Okinawa, stop by T&M COFFEE to enjoy a specialty coffee prepared by the owner. A simple cup of coffee will bring you more joy than you expected.
Address: 1-2-6 Makishi Naha City, Okinawa
Hours: Weekdays from 11:00 to 19:00 & Weekends from 8:00 to 20:00
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Sachiko