Modoo's Coffee Brewers Fukuoka || Japan Specialty Coffee Guide
Imagine my surprise, walking into a coffee shop in a not so popular city of Japan & finding the word “magic” on the menu. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this word, its an Australian (more specifically, Melbournites) coffee term to describe a double shot piccolo. Where did I find this slice of Australian coffee culture? Well, it was at Modoo’s Coffee Brewers. Modoo’s is a specialty coffee shop situated on the second floor of a quaint skinny building in the port city of Fukuoka. Despite the stores humble appearance, Kiichi (the owner) has a huge heart of absolute rock solid gold! So to all my Australian coffee lovers, welcome to Modoo’s Coffee Brewers!
MODOO’S UNIQUE MENU
Laying gaze on the menu I had to say out loud “Someone here has been to Melbourne!”, & almost instantaneously Kiichis’ head popped up from behind the grinder.
“Yes I used to work in a cafe in Melbourne!” He said pointing to the wall collection of coffee bags by Australian coffee roasters behind him. I immediately recognised almost all of the roasters & asked him where he worked. Of course it was at the famous cafe, Proud Mary in the CBD of Melbourne. We talked for a while about coffee in Australia & Japan. Kiichi was so helpful in advising me cafe’s to visit in Fukuoka & I stayed at his shop for almost 2 hours on the first day.
At the end of his shift Kiichi invited my partner & I out for dinner at one of his favourite places to eat. Unfortunately when we arrived it was closed & made for a hilarious couple of minutes as he rattled his brain for a new place to eat. The place he picked next did not disappoint. We ate lots of local & traditional Izakaya food, including jellyfish. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed jelly fish, it was super crunchy & the sauce it was in was delicious. After a few too many beers Kiichi decided it was the perfect time to visit his friend at his cocktail bar.
When we arrived (keep in mind it was a week night) the bar was completely empty aside from the owner was watching Fast & Furious 7. He was about to turn it off but we insisted he keep it on because we were all fans of the movie. It made for a very interesting & enjoyable night as we sipped some delicious cocktails & talked rubbish about anything & everything.
The next time we visited Kiichi we sat at his place for almost 4 hours. We had an awesome times talking to him & he told us what the future holds for his store. Modoo’s was only a few months old when we had arrived but Kiichi had some big plans for its future.
He wanted to make Modoo’s a community driven cafe. Where locals & travellers (like myself) could come & feel welcomed. He wanted Modoo’s to be an information hub that helped travellers & coffee lovers alike. This ideology was already in the works, as Kiichi helped us book a tour at the Asahi brewery. This task was almost impossible for us to do on our own, due to us not speaking fluent Japanese nor having a phone number to call from.
If I were to return to Fukuoka, Moodo’s Coffee Brewers would be the first place I would step foot. Kiichi was an incredible host & made a really bomb cup of coffee. The cherry on top was of course the little slice of Australian coffee culture that had made its way across the Ocean to the port city of Fukuoka.