Iwakuni’s Marifu Coffee great for brunch, cup of joe

Marifu's panini sandwich (680 yen) is filled with egg salad, ham, lettuce and tomato. (JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES)
Marifu's panini sandwich (680 yen) is filled with egg salad, ham, lettuce and tomato. (JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Iwakuni’s Marifu Coffee great for brunch, cup of joe

by James Bolinger
Stripes Japan

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.

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