Freshly Roasted Coffee: KoenBench Cafe in Okayama

What’s up? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce KoenBench Cafe in Okayama.

Freshly Roasted Coffee: KoenBench Cafe in Okayama

Specialty of this place is freshly roasted coffee. Let’s see how fresh it could be.

Here comes. It looks like a kominka (traditional Japanese house). Neat.

Step through the door, raw coffee beans await in the rack. It was my first time to see raw coffee beans. So it looks greenish before roasted huh. Interesting.


If you aren’t sure how each bean is like, take a look at this chart. You may find out what you like. You can drink inside the store as well.



This place mainly sells beans for take out but there is a little eat-in space as well. The owner starts roasting after we picked our beans, so it takes like 20 minutes. Make sure you got enough time.

Nice garden view. I totally forgot we were in central Okayama!

I also got a mousse along with my coffee. I don’t deserve talking about coffee really. So just to tell my thought, it smelled very different. I guess freshly roasted coffee can produce this aroma.

Perhaps fresh stuff isn’t always the best like meat and wine, etc., but I learned that fresh coffee totally differs. Very cool. I feel like trying aged coffee at Meijiya Cafe once again. Perhaps I could tell the difference now. Hehe.


Name KoenBench
Access 2-1-17 Bancho, Kitaku, Okayama
Business Hours 10:00-19:00

Closed: Tuesdays

Contact 086-206-7612



How do you find it? It was a whole new experience for me. I would like to go back sometime for sure.

See you around!

What is Toshikoshi Soba / Toshiake Udon Anyway?

What is Toshikoshi Soba / Toshiake Udon Anyways?

Ohayo Gozaimasu! Domo arigato Misuta Wada desu! I would like to share a little bit about Toshikoshi Soba and Toshiake Udon this time.

What is Toshikoshi Soba (年越しそば) ?

Soba (buckwheat noodles) eaten on the New Year’s eve is called toshikoshi soba. Many Japanese do it for wishing a good luck for the next year just like osechi ryori. Basically soba should be eaten before the clock hits midnight to cut (noodles) bad stuff off that happened in that year. To be frank I always have soba after New Year’s eve but you know what? It still tastes good, anyway.

What is Toshikoshi Soba / Toshiake Udon Anyways?

What is Toshiake Udon (年明けうどん) ?

On the other hand, toshiake udon is udon noodles eaten after the New Year’s eve. This new tradition started in 2009 by a city of udon, Kagawa Prefecture (Shikoku Island), mainly for promoting their udon culture. Not that many people would follow first but toshiake-udoners seem to be increasing with backups (marketing) by instant noodle companies, etc. Not so traditional but it would be nice to have an alternative in case we forget to have soba, don’t you think?

What is Toshikoshi Soba / Toshiake Udon Anyways?


How do you find it? Either soba or udon, I would enjoy and appreciate hot soup on such cold days.

See you around!