Location: 6 Chome-6-2 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0046, Japan
Telephone Number: +81-78-302-8880
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 Daily
Official Website: www.ucc.co.jp
Navigation and Map: How to Get to UCC Coffee Museum in Kobe
Reaching the UCC Coffee Museum is easy. From Sannomiya Kobe Station, take the Portliner bound for Kitafuto, and get off at Minamikoen Station. UCC Coffee Museum is only 5 minutes away by foot.
UCC Coffee Road and Coffee Museum, Kobe コーヒー博物館 – UCC上島珈琲
It all started with this humble tree.
Today, Ueshima Coffee Company (UCC) Ltd. founded by the “Father of Coffee in Japan” Tadao Ueshima is a worldwide coffee company that remains a classic throughout different trends of coffee. Everyone still goes back to its iconic Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, and canned coffee which it pioneered. UCC’s headquarters is located in Kobe, Japan, and for someone who is passionate about coffee, the world’s only coffee museum should give you an amazing tour that heightens your appreciation and senses for coffee.
Completed in 2013, the museum gives you a tour of coffee from different parts of the world.
From growing and harvesting beans –
To selection of good quality coffee beans –
To roasting and grinding –
To brewing methods that differ in every country, such as French Press, Viennese, Siphon, Pour Over, and more.
There is also an honorary embassy of Jamaica inside the UCC Coffee Museum, to express the importance of this variant of coffee in the business of Ueshima Coffee Company.
What’s good about the UCC Coffee Museum is that you can experience first hand the best of their coffee at UCC Coffee Road.
Panama Geisha from Hacienda La Esmeralda – 980 yen
I opted for the award-winning Panama Geisha from Hacienda La Esmeralda grown from Boquete region of Panama. It is one of the world’s most valuable coffee.
At UCC Coffee Road, you get to choose how you want your coffee brewed. They are prepared by highly trained coffee sommeliers that are knowledgeable about the taste of coffee. I always go for the Siphon method whenever available because the coffee will taste different than when it is brewed using French Press or Pour Over.
And it does taste phenomenal. Bright, floral and with a clean effervescent finish, the Panama Geisha coffee takes one to a tour to orange blossom, jasmine, and bergamot flavors that lingers none too heavy.
For the coffee connoisseur, the UCC Coffee Road is a hidden gem well away from the commercialization of the UCC coffee chain. Knowing how, where and when your coffee was made adds another dimension to your coffee drinking experience ~ all those third wave coffee chains no longer relevant.
UCC Coffee Museum: another must when in Kobe.