[Coffee.] Yamamoto Coffee regular coffee beans


My friend Eva brought these beans for me as a gift from Japan. She asked me if there was anything I would like from Tokyo and I asked for coffee beans roasted in Japan that would be suitable for filter brewing. The beans are from a coffee and tea specialized store in Shinjuku called Yamamoto Coffee.

Information from the package:
Beans: Ethiopia, Columbia, Brazil


Not much information on the package other than bean origin and the manufacturer information. Not a big fan of the clear non-resealable package the beans came in, but eh. I transferred the beans to a jar after I opened them, so they wouldn’t spill from the plastic bag or lose their aroma.


When I opened the bag, I was greeted by a strong, almost sweet smell- kind of like chocolate toffee, very pleasant. The beans are all different shapes and sizes (thinking it’s because it’s different beans from 3 different places, yes?), but the beans are whole and there is no dust or other refuse among the beans. The roast is on the lighter side.

Brewing method – Chemex.


The brewed coffee had a very weak unremarkable smell. I expected a more distinct smell considering how aromatic the unground beans were. The taste however was rich and the mouthfeel slightly creamy. I tasted strong plum flavour. No aftertaste of note. A simple straightforward coffee flavour, not very complex.

Also, my new colourful piggy mug is cute, yes? I have a mug hoarding problem :p

Is it still drinkable when the coffee gets cold? – Yep. The sweet plum turns slightly bitter cinnamon and nutmeg-y, but it’s still nice enough to drink.


Would I buy/drink this coffee again? – Sure, it was alright coffee. Wouldn’t go seeking it out specifically, but when offered, would not turn it away.

More coffees I have tasted

[what I ate.] 17-23. September 2018

17. September

Coffee, wheat crackers with tuna.

An apple.

Grilled cheese sandwich with tuna.

Chicken risotto.

18. September

Coffee, cheese pastry.

A warm potato salad with champignons.

Pelmeni with sour cream.

19. September

An apple.

A cheese roll and some soup.

An iced mocha.

Sushi for dinner from Sushi Plaza.

Matcha cake and coffee.

20. September

Toast with salmon and poached eggs + a caffé latte.

Bread with butter.

Buckwheat, beef cutlets and salad.

Raspberry dessert.

21. September

Lemon-cookie quark.

Vegetable soup and tuna pie.

Some chocolates.

Fresh orange-apple-carrot juice.

A cheese pastry.

Beef tongue and sorrel soup with sour cream and a slice of bread.

22. September

Coffee, grilled cheese sandwich with ham. Also had a banana.

Plum ice cream shake.

Beef tongue and sorrel soup with sour cream and a slice of bread.

Hot cocoa and pelmeni with sour cream.

23. September

Coffee, oatmeal porridge with strawberry jam.

Three doughnuts I shared with Kadi.

French fries, fried chicken and beer @ Naganana.

Fish soup.

Quinoa-tuna salad. I tried the cappuccino drink, but didn’t like it, so hubby drank it.

Tiny Kit Kat bites. The hazelnut and salted caramel ones were the best. The double cocoa one was a bit too intense.

[what I ate.] 10 – 16. September 2018

10. September

Flatbread with edamame hummus and some wasabi sprouts.

A banana.

Toffee in chocolate. A replica chocolate I got from the Estonian Open Air Museum.

We had curry for dinner. I forgot to take a photo.

11. September

Japanese style seafood curry with rice and sour cream.

A green smoothie.

A not so very tasty soup and a disappointingly tiny portion of fried chicken and chips from Loca. Seriously my box had only three tiny pieces of chicken even though I paid extra for a big size 😦

12. September

Snickers chocolate.

Coffee, wheat crackers with Nutella.

More coffee and a chocolate cake.

Even more coffee and a cheese croissant.

Tuna and veggies with rice, sour cream and soy sauce.

Pomegranate gummies.

13. September

A ham sandwich.

Coffee and a banana.

Rice with tuna, veggies, sour cream and soy sauce.

Kimchi stew and fried chicken from Gotsu.

14. September

Coffee, porridge with beef jerky and butter.

A grilled cheese sandwich with tuna.

Pelmeni with sour cream.

Tangerines.

15. September

A banana and some figs in chocolate.

Tuna sandwiches.

Chanterelle flavoured potato chips.

Spaghetti with meatballs in tomato sauce. Also had some beer. We watched “What We Do in the Shadows” with hubby and Kadi. The paskeeti was a themed food to go with the movie :p

16. September

Coffee, cereal with milk.

An apple.

I baked cumin cookies.

A grilled cheese sandwich with tuna. Also had some coffee.

Cookies and mini tosca cakes. We watched “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” which was super fun and funny 😀

Spaghetti with meatballs in tomato sauce.

[what I ate.] 3 – 9. September 2018

3. September

Porridge with strawberry jam.

Handmade chocolates that I got from the Uue Maailma street festival. One was apple-cinnamon and the other coconut. I didn’t fancy the apple-cinnamon very much. The coconut one was good, albeit a bit dry.

Smoked chicken-konnyaku noodle wok with veggies.

4. September

Vegetable soup and rye bread with butter.

Rice with smoked chicken, vegetables and sour cream. Also had some pickles.

A slice of almond flour banana-chocolate cake.

5. September

A marzipan roll and coffee.

Salmon pasta.

Rye bread with butter and salmon pasta mixed with leftover rice from last night.

Ruby cocoa Kit Kat I shared with husband.

6. September

Different roasted beans. A nice snack.

Pumpkin soup with sour cream and pumpkin seeds.

A cheese roll.

White tea with raspberry, apple and lemon.

Spicy and sour soup with quinoa, mushrooms and sour cream. Also had two more cheese rolls.

Coffee, kabosu shortbread cookie and white chocolate-puffed rice-grape snack I shared with hubby. The kabosu, which is a type of citrus fruit, cookie was yummy, but the grape snack tasted horrible to me, so hubby ate it all. I really do not enjoy the red grape flavour in snacks.

Look how cute the kabosu cookie looked.

7. September

Green pea-cauliflower soup with seeds.

A smoothie bowl made from a banana, kiwi fruit, spinach and coconut milk. Topped with more banana, some pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.


Sour and spicy soup with quinoa, mushrooms and sour cream. Also had a cheese pastry and some onion-turmeric bread.

8. September – a literature street festival

Coffee and a coconut-banana pastry.

Goat milk chocolate ice cream.

Fish and chips.

Flatbread with edamame hummus and wasabi sprouts; couscous salad.

Plum gummies.

I spent most of the day with Kadi at a literature festival in Kadriorg. It was a super good time and I got some nice books. We also went to a gourmet market at a nearby grocery store where I got the sprouts and edamame hummus. A day well spent.

9. September

Leftover couscous salad and a couple of fried eggs.

Ham and boletus pasta and some soup.

Some figs in chocolate and a half of this Kinder Bueno chocolate.

My good day out with a friend yesterday was followed by me falling ill D:

Ol’ Nobody and Big Wee Hag

My friend Johanna held a costume party for her birthday. The theme was Favourite Book Character. My initial thoughts were all in the lines of my beloved Marvel characters like Deadpool, Spider-man or Loki (comic books are books too!), but let’s face it, I really don’t have the physique to play a superhero. Unless I play Pandapool, but no xD

So I chose Tiffany Aching from Terry Pratchett’s “The Wee Free Men,” because firstly, it felt doable, and secondly, because I really liked that book and the characters when I read it years ago. My own getup was pretty easy… or so I thought. Finding a blue dress and getting a frying pan from the cupboard were simple but finding a suitable apron in this day and age was not simple at all. Eventually the apron turned out to be the hardest part of the entire costume. The apron I finally found was not perfect, but it did the job I guess.

I thought it would be great if I had a Nac Mac Feegle accompany me to the party, so I turned an old Kinder Surprise egg Smurf toy into one 😀

This is what the Smurf looked like, before I started cutting and gluing stuff. I shamelessly stole this pic off Ebay however, as I forgot to take my own photo 😦

I named him Ol’ Nobody 😀

Isn’t he charming?

Crivens!

Lovely sunshine, good huntin’, nice pretty flowers, and wee burdies goin’ cheep!

I haven’t put this much effort into a costume in forever. It was super fun. So I am hoping my friends will hold more costume parties in the future, so I could put together more costumes and play dress up again 😀

[what I ate.] 27. August – 2. September 2018

27. August

Garlic naan and some noodles with shrimp and egg @ Little India.

Caramel doughnuts.

Chili con carne with rice and sour cream.

Coffee and stroopwafels.

28. August

Mixed grain porridge with turmeric, chia seeds and strawberry jam.

Lunch with Josie @ Toit’s: carrot bread club sandwich with fries.

Coffee and some chocolates.

Fried chicken-mushroom gyoza and salad.

Tymbark white grape aloe vera drink. It was meh.

29. August

Mashed potatoes with barley and cottage cheese salad.

Coffee and some candies.

I had the same mashed potatoes for dinner, but forgot to take a pic.

30. August

Orange juice, coffee and nettle bread.

A salad with avocado and a poached egg.

Chocolate ice cream.

Super Mario Cola and Ramune soda flavoured gummies.

I am missing the dinner photo again 😦 I don’t remember what I had.

31. August

Smoked meat bread with garlic butter.

Sourdough bread with butter.

More meat bread with butter :p It was a bread kind of day.

Orange-apple juice and some tuna pie.

Hazelnut ice cream.

Zefir in chocolate.

Fried chicken and fries from Loca.

Pizza with bacon, mushrooms and egg also from Loca.

1. September

In the morning I went to the Uue-Maailma street festival with Kerttu and Kadi. It was super fun and I spent so much money on food and awesome goodies 😀

Vegan doughnuts with chocolate-caramel sauce and cookie bits. The doughnuts were tiny and crunchy. Not bad at all, but I have had better.

Churros!

Roasted coconut ice cream.

A potato spiral 😀 It was Kadi’s, but I got a taste.

A doughnut with chocolate and nuts. Nom.

Finger food at Josie’s birthday party. To be fair, I have no idea what most of this was 😀 Um, a chocolate cookie, potato chips, salad on a lettuce, erm cheese? rye bread with hummus, something with shrimp. I give up xD It was all delicious though. And no, the blue dude was not edible.

Pizza!

And more pizza and finger food :p

A vegan peanut butter-raspberry cake that was yummy.

Macaroni with minced meat.

2. September

Macaroni with minced meat. Also, a cup of coffee.

A smoked chicken leg.

Banana-kiwifruit ice cream and an ice cream coffee @ Gelato Ladies. My sis works there now, so I have more excuses to visit :p

Sakeru Gumi apple flavour. Terrible tasting. Am not a fan.