For Yoshi Nakamura at Mame Pore Pore it’s all about the coffee, and that’s just fine with me. In a world of cafes all trying to out-do each other with extravagant fitouts and over-designed themes, it’s rather refreshing to step into this tiny nook, where the search for caffinated perfection is clearly the number one priority. Yoshi doesn’t speak a whole lot of English and my Japanese is currently borderline embarrassing, but we still managed to coffee-nerd-it-up for over an hour as we chatted about this shared obsession. Yoshi sources green beans from around the world, and is clearly buying some quality stuff (there were three different Cup of Excellence beans on offer on the day I visited!). He roasts on a Fuji Royal and will often have it churning whilst you’re in there, filling the tiny room with an amazing aroma. The roaster sits right next to a LaMarzocco GB/5 espresso machine and a pair of Mazzers.
It’s one thing to have the equipment but it’s what you do with it that matters most. Yoshi (like any great barista) is obsessive about every step in his process. Just watch him weigh every shot before and after extraction and you’ll get the idea. Milk texture was spot on, as was the temperature (something of a rarity in Okinawa). The filter offerings are broad and varied based on the beans you choose. I’d go for one of the lighter roasts – there’s currently a COE from Rwanda (think dark chocolate) and another from El Salvador (mango) that you can’t go past.
If it’s a scoarcher outside and you simply can’t fathom the thought of hot liquid, then try a ‘shakalato’ (a double shorty shaken with milk over ice and a dusting of chocolate).
This is back to basics passion. It’s not a flashy cafe, but it doesn’t need to be – the coffee’s that good.
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6-13-8 1F, Takahara, Okinawa-City, Okinawa 904
11:00am – 7:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
(Closed Thursdays and Sundays)
098 927 3260