Key Coffee Releases Limited Edition 1920’s Blend

20.July.2021 | FOOD

Key Coffee has recreated its coffee from 1920’s when the cafe chain first opened. Named the Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend, the coffee was released on July 20 and will be available at their 54 branches up and down Japan until August 24, the same date when the coffee shop first opened.

Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend

A picture of Key Coffee’s Yokohama branch in 1936 when it was known as Kimura Coffee

Retro Showa-style espresso con panna

Milk Brûlée

Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend recreates the same flavour of coffee that the cafe served in 1920 when it first opened in Yokohama, an area bustling with restaurants serving both Asian and Western cuisine. It uses Brazilian coffee beans at its base, a type which was circulated a lot at the time. It has a distinct sweet fragrance and goes well with milk and sugar.

 

Back them, coffee was a commodity yearned for by the people of Japan. After releasing their hit coffee syrup in 1921, Key Coffee began serving coffee in a way that was simple, tasty, and accessible to everyone such as drip coffee and their Noi coffee-making series. In the 1930’s their products began to line the shelves of department stores as they began to develop as a spearhead for the emergence of coffee culture in Japan. They also began selling TOARCO TORAJA in 1978, a highly-regarded premium coffee. Today, the chain continues to be a hub for coffee lovers, and is creating new coffees and techniques.

 

Japan has been a boom in junkissa in recent years, a classic cafe which blends the atmosphere of the Meiji and Showa periods. Key Coffee is showcasing two coffees on their recipe page which capture this flair including an espresso con panna and milk brûlée.

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    Main Visual

     

    Those who reserve a seat early will receive a randomly-selected sticker. (5 designs.)

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    Main Visual

     

     

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    Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro will be hosting a special cafe inspired by the upcoming The Prince of Tennis film, releasing in theaters September 3. The cafe will run from September 3 until October 14. 

     

    The Prince of Tennis ran in the popular manga magazine Shonen Jump from 1999 until 2008, and found incredible popularity in Japan. It was adapted into an anime series in 2001, running for 178 episodes, and has also been transformed into 15 stage musicals, a live-action film, a radio show, multiple video games, and more. The upcoming 3DCG film was announced in 2019. 

     

    In a teaser image released to promote the special cafe, main character Ryoma appears beside other characters from the series in an adorable tiny style. More details about the menu and goods offered will be revealed soon, so keep an eye out for an update!

     

    What goods are you hoping to see sold at the cafe? 

     

    ©TK/S ©RPT
    ©CAPCOM CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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