Hiroshima’s a great city but not exactly the one you would think of for coffee, so it was a delightful surprise to find Coffee Obscura, a Hiroshima based roaster, at a coffee festival in Shibuya.
Despite the name and formal style, Obscura is quite experimental and in the heart of Japan’s third wave movement. The fact that their espresso when I went was a single origin Kenya is proof enough. The espresso had a medium body and was quite sweet and fruity. Somewhat surprisingly, there was no tartness and the fruity flavor notes were more in line with something crossed between peach and strawberry.