Translated by NaomiAbe
Make Your Coffee Tastier. Bizen Ware from Okayama
Come have a cup of coffee and history, enjoying the 1,000 year old style of Okayama's Bizen pottery!
Written by SugiharaSadaaki
Bizenyaki (備前焼) is a traditional Japanese pottery manufactured in Okayama prefecture.
Bizen-ware has a history of more than 1000 years. It is manufactured around Bizen city, the southeast of Okayama prefecture. Its simple design and sturdiness are relished and there are various types of ware for daily use such as "tokkuri" (sake carafes), cups and water jars. Bizen wares are also used in tea ceremonies and flower arrangements.
The Beauty of Unglazed Surface
One of the characteristics of Bizen ware is its bare clay texture. Clay pieces are baked without painting or glazing.
Some have scorch marks on the surface; they are called "goma" and "hidasuki." These reddish-brown marks look like the trace of the flame in the kiln.
Bizenyaki Cups Enhance the Taste of Coffee
It is widely perceived that Bizen wares can enhance the taste of beverages such as coffee and sake.
Tostino coffee, a coffee shop in Okayama-shi, offers its original blend coffee called Bizen Blend whose taste is enhanced by Bizen wares.
The package reads Bizen Blend.
The owner of the coffee shop is interested in how Bizenyaki can soften coffee taste and has created a blend specialized for Bizenyaki cup.
When you order this blend at the shop, your coffee will be served in two cups: a Bizenyaki cup and an ordinary cup. You will be surprised by the difference of the taste.
Enjoy coffee in a Bizen ware when you visit Okayama-shi.
Address: 485-22 Seki, Naka-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama Prefecture
Hours: 10:00-18:30 (13:00-18:00 on Sundays and holidays)
Closed: Every Thursday
Closest station: Takashima Station (高島駅) of JR Ako Line, about 5 minutes from JR Okayama Station
Access: About 15 minutes on foot from Takashima Station
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