Coffee in a Can!!!

February 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm 6 comments

The most wonderful surprise of our trip was discovered by Jessie on an empty street in Osaka.  She had wandered off to photograph a building while I waited in the lobby of the theatre, tired of being cold.  She returned to my side, whispering, “Put your hand in my pocket.”  Yeah, right. “No, really. Put Your Hand. In My Pocket.”  Well, okay. I found a hot delicious treat – COFFEE IN A CAN!!!  That’s right – hot coffee from a vending machine.

Why do we not have this?  And why is it advertised by Tommy Lee Jones and his eyebrows?  Like many things in Asia, it’s a mystery.  And I love it.

Locating Coffee in a Can became a prime directive for the rest of our trip.  Compared to 900 yen for coffee in a cafe, 120 yen to warm our hands while sight-seeing was a great deal.  First we knew of only one brand – Boss.  Apparently Boss is so strong and manly it will cause ununusal hair growth even for delicate Janapese women.

But while in Kyoto we discovered another brand, the superior Black Wonda.

There are many varieties, presumably with different amounts and of milk and sugar, but we couldn’t tell what any of them were for sure.  My favorite is Wonda Wonderful Coffee in the orange and white can, which has some milk but not too much and is slightly sweet.  Be warned, while “The first is always tasty,” for your second you may crave a simple Black Wonda.

Skoopy loves Black Wonda.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mel.  |  February 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    WOW a nation of excellent baseball fans and delicious coffee in a can. I may have to move to Japan after all.

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    • 2. saratoday  |  February 10, 2011 at 12:11 am

      I would love to move to Japan! It’s horribly expensive though. It’s not just the exchange rate – comparing costs in yen it seemed more expensive than London or New York.

      Glad you’re still reading – I thought I’d lost everyone after my summer break.

      Cheers,
      S

      Reply
  • 3. Bee  |  February 10, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I always enjoy your travels. Makes me want to renew my passport and get back in the global adventures game. Boy oh boy do I miss global adventures. Konichiwa Wonda! Konichiwa Boss! Aligato! Doh ee tashee mash tay! Soyonara Wonda! Soyonara Boss! Can’t wait to read more adventures stories!

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    • 4. Carrie  |  February 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      We are seriously behind the times here. Why don’t we have hot coffee in a can in America. Why don’t we have hot coffee in a can at work?

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      • 5. saratoday  |  February 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm

        They could replace one of the candy machines. Andy money would all be sucked away.

        Reply
  • 6. jessieisskoopy  |  February 12, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I miss Black Wonda. I am back in China where the street vending machines sell live crabs and cigarettes but not hot coffee in can.

    http://theweek.com/article/index/208655/chinas-live-crab-vending-machines

    An additional note, the vending machines that sell the coffee in a can (and tea and water) are all from beer companies. Drink Asahi beer at night and cure your hangover with an Asahi coffee in the morning.

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