Iwakuni’s Marifu Coffee the perfect place for brunch — or a nice cup of joe
At many of Japan’s popular chain coffee shops, such as Starbucks or Doutor, massive amounts of coffee are brewed in a carafe and served to patrons hours later. While the method is efficient and delivers a brew that’s fine for a quick coffee fix, independent cafe owners across the country have shunned this practice in favor of a more artisanal coffee experience where cups are carefully brewed one at a time. In fact, cities like Kyoto, which has an abundance of these small, hip cafes, are now must-visit destinations for coffee connoisseurs.
Luckily, those living near Iwakuni won’t have to travel far for a handcrafted coffee experience, thanks to Marifu Coffee, a small cafe just a 10-minute walk from JR Iwakuni Station.
I first discovered Marifu Coffee completely by accident when I was still new to Iwakuni and unfamiliar with the area. While searching for a camera shop, I found myself distracted by the intoxicating smell of fresh coffee emanating from a building and decided to stop and enjoy a cup. After that first visit, I was hooked, and now Marifu is my go-to spot for brunch in Iwakuni.
Upon entering Marifu, guests are greeted by the pleasant smell of freshly brewed coffee and a smiling barista. Bar seating along the windows is perfect for solo diners, while ample table seating is available for larger groups. An easy-to-understand English menu with pictures of each dish makes ordering a breeze.
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