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Signs of Spring — Coffee and Cherry Blossoms

March 19, 2010

Today we have YSFP pizza maker Josh Evans, who reports to us from Japan!

While I’m away from New Haven as spring starts to come out, I can tell that the weather is definitely warming up here across the Pacific. I’m touring in Japan for two weeks with my a cappella group, the Yale Alley Cats, and though I haven’t had time to find a farm and get planting, I have found some culinary delights and a few sights of spring.

A couple days ago when we were in Himeji, a town famous for one of the most beautiful castles in Japan, I stumbled upon a cool little coffee shop that made all its coffee using the original siphoning method with a sort of pressure double boiler. The coffee was definitely good and the presentation too was lovely.

After the coffee shop, we went to the castle, where we toured the grounds and went up to the keep. Most of the trees had yet to start growing leaves, but some had buds on them and a few had early cherry blossoms beginning to flower.

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