Flipping through some of the pictures I have taken in the past year finding references for my forthcoming teashop I was delighted to find images of Mado Mado in Kobe. Perhaps it was the unpleasantness of the trip (it was not Kobe itself I assure you, rather it was the company) that had subconsciously forced memories of Kobe out of my head, but Mado Mado is in fact, thinking back, one of my favourite teashops in the world, and one that is perhaps closest in style and philosophy to my own.
A wood-laden, rustic, organic, and laid back tearoom with pages upon pages of different milk teas and chais to choose from – what were the chances of me stumbling upon this heavenly place? Moreover, their black teas are all single estate and carefully graded according to origin and quality, for example FOP/ TGFOP (flowery orange pekoe / tippy golden flowery orange pekoe), a dedication few people in this coffee & wine overloaded society would recognize and understand. Back home, I did a quick search online and found that Mado Mado is in fact only one of Mahisa’s four tearooms in Kobe all dedicated to black tea in its different shapes and forms. Perhaps Kobe is in fact the black tea lover’s lost paradise?
Tearoom Mado Mado