Not only are various granola-filled products sold by each company, but specialty stores have also appeared one after another. One of them is "Granola Journey" which opened in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. This shop is also certified as the official brand of Kobe City, "Kobe Selection".
The store, which is one of the largest granola specialty stores in Japan, always has more than 20 flavors. Above all, I rushed into the shop in Kobe, the eating editorial department, which was interested in "Sake lees granola" released last year!
Granora Journey has a store in a residential area in Higashinada Ward, Kobe City. It's about a 15-minute walk from the station. It's a small shop, but with colorful flowers in front of the white walls, it looks like a cafe in a port town.
When you open the door, you will see a granola pack in front of you. Many flavors are lined up using the counter as much as possible. It seems to have a wide lineup including standard flavors, sweets granola, and Japanese-style granola.
Behind the scenes, we are making granola! From the oven where the dough is baked, an indescribable fragrant scent comes. At the same time, it seems that the bat is seasoned, mixed with dried fruits, etc. and packed in a bag.
Keitaro Nishimura, the representative of the store, loved granola and said he made it at home. Since there were few variations of products sold in Japan, it is said that the shop was opened with a variety of flavors in order to let people know more about the appeal of granola.
We want "adult women" who care about their health to enjoy granola every day, so we use safe, secure and delicious ingredients and process them in the store. It seems that he is particular about making homemade granola that makes the best use of the goodness of the material.
The most popular flavor is "Rich Milk Noisette Caramelize" (1,500 yen). A dessert granola that combines a sweet milk-flavored dough with caramelized hazelnuts.
"Cafe Royale" (1,200 yen), which is based on maple-flavored dough, is a luxurious dish that takes more than 4 days to complete using brandy soaked with coffee beans. The bittersweet aroma of coffee goes well with milk.
And the "Sake lees granola" (1,500 yen) that I was interested in was in front of the cash register. It is a product that uses sake lees from Nada, one of Japan's leading sake spots nearby. Until around May, the seasonal product "Sakura Sake Kasu Granola" (1,500 yen) with cherry blossom petals is also on sale.
Based on a slightly pink oat, dried cherries and dried framboise are mixed, and even real cherry blossom petals are included, which is perfect for spring. There is no sake lees and it is very easy to eat. Finally, the slightly fragrant sake lees scent is a habit. It is recommended to enjoy the scent of cherry blossoms and sake lees without sprinkling anything.
In addition, the flavor using chocolate processed in the store using the pastry chef's technology is also recommended. The "Cherry Bonbon Chocolat and Candy Wine Macadamia Marble Granola" released at Valentine's Day was popular at a high price of 3,000 yen. The Japanese-style granola "Tamba's black soybean amanattou matcha kinako" (1,500 yen) using large black soybean amanattou and the two types of "vegetable granola" using "rice candy" are also flavors full of originality.
If you can't choose because there are too many types, please refer to the "Taste Map" on the website. Of course, if you go to the shop, you can choose while talking with the staff.
In the coming season, Mr. Nishimura wants you to enjoy not only combining it with yogurt and milk, but also topping it with ice cream. It was a warm shop where conversations bounced, "Isn't it delicious if you mix this?"
You can buy the products at the online shop, but if you have a chance, please visit the main store. If you look at how it is made, it will be even more delicious!