If there is a place for coffee lovers like me or like you when you stop on your first day in Osaka, that’s “Melychan House”. I have pressed their “follow” button on instagram for a long time, but only when I arrived in Japan, Osaka, did I have a chance to follow the directions of Google map and go to the address of this pub.
Just like in the pictures that have been seen before, Mel Coffee is located on a street side, passing by, with a modest area just enough to list the roasting probat, and a small bar for visitors visit. From a distance, it is easy to see the logo of Mel coffee on a light gray wall, the logo is very impressive for a person like me because of the simplicity and balance, when applying this logo on coffee products like Paper cups, coffee packs will see it stand out and bring a “quality” of its creator.
“Melychan House” also serves coffee according to their name. That is, they do not have their own space so you can sit and work, just roaster, there is no glass door frame for you to sit next to it, drop your soul into the coffee flavor and look out to the street to see the line car back and forth. All include only two simple benches outside the door, and a small, neat, tidy corner where you can call yourself a warm coffee.
Unlike every time, I don’t call cappuccinos anymore, because … this is Japan. This is the cradle of specialty coffee and also the manual brew that grows most strongly. Japanese people cannot grow coffee, but they are one of the largest coffee consumers in the world. Japan is also home to many brands of coffee tools for the most popular craft mixes such as Hario, Kinto, Torch, etc. When “chasing” manual brew for nearly 5 years, there is no reason for me to give up. Through the opportunity to experience this way of preparation in Japan.
Coffee beans this season are mainly Ethiopia, Elsanvador, Honduras … so I choose Hand-drip with Honduras coffee. It can be seen, here, they use about 25-30gr for pour over and use all tools of Hario (as shown in the picture), but for me, everything is extremely familiar.
At a ratio of 1:15 or 1:16, when coffee is brought out, from paper cups to flavors, it makes me happy. The weather in Osaka that day was also quite cold, about 18oC, so the coffee also reduced heat quickly, so there was no need to wait too long to be able to enjoy the different flavors of this kind of nuts. The sour taste with a mild scent of mandarin bark, mixed with a little sweetness of black sugar makes people temporarily forget the cold air of this street corner.
Mel coffee is not too crowded, but every time customers come and go. People come and leave with warm cups of coffee in their hands. Asking questions, the barista friend also said, “I have come to Hanoi 10 years ago, but at that time it was summer, so hot.” Well, she also asked, “How’s Hanoi now?” Are there many shops like this? Do people drink hand drip coffee everyday? … ”The story revolves around coffee like that, a little strange because it seems like in a small place, they are curious about the Hanoi people drinking coffee. coffee and how coffee culture grows.
After exchanging a few sentences, the barista turned to the probat to roast a new batch of coffee. The shop is small but it is still very pro. Roasting profiles are preinstalled on the iPad, with each specific particle having its own profile. And they continued to roast a new batch of coffee, and I was comfortable watching, breathing the scent of coffee from the roasting machine nearby, sipping Honduras in my hand and wishing that Hanoi also had many coffee shops. So nice street corner.
Coffee in Japan is generally high priced, even slightly higher than Taiwan because part of the living standard here is already high, plus they have to import all green beans, so the price The city cannot be as cheap as in Vietnam or Thailand. The average price here will be 900 yen for a pack of 100gr and 1500-2000 yen for a 200 – 220gr custom package to roastery or depending on the type of coffee beans they have. (Natural process is always more expensive than the washed process, and some farms like Konga, Panama 90+ will be more expensive than Kenya, Elsanvador is normal)
Before leaving, I bought a Honduras package roasted from the previous few days at the restaurant. The barista carefully seals the outlet when on the coffee pack so that the beans in it keep the flavor longer. On that sticker, there’s a little text: Japanese souvenir. If you know about UX (User Experience), then this is the micro interaction. If you know about CX (Customer Experience), it is emotional linking & soft touch. If you love coffee, then this is a reminder, coffee beans are like a good memory that roaster is for their customers.