For decades mass-market juices and milk were sold in paper-box cartons, but in recent years all sorts of other juices and beverages have been packaged in new, cleverly designed containers as in the example below of beautifully packaged juices and water (the first time we’ve ever seen water in a box carton) at the Butcher’s Daughter restaurant and cafe in New York’s Lower East Side.
On our recent visit back to Tokyo, we picked up a bag of freshly-roasted espresso beans from Bear Pond Espresso at their cafe at On the Corner in Shibuya. We love the totally unbranded, shiny, silvery bag — it’s only markings are the roasting batch and date numbers.
One of our colleagues recently returned to New York after another quick trip to Japan and brought us these yummy Japanese Kit Kat chocolate cookie bars. These Kit Kats are exclusive to the Japanese market, as far as we know. One, as the English on the label states, is a “strawberry cheese cake” version. But the one that really caught our eye and taste buds is the wasabi-flavored Kit Kat bar and its packaging replete with green wasabi icons.
A few months ago we posted about the really great espresso cafe in Amsterdam called Headfirst. We recently re-visited Headfirst and picked up a bag of their rich, heady-flavorful espresso beans, which came in a bag with hand-drawn labeling (“Costa Rica, Los Robles, Cup of Excellence #2”) by one of Headfirst’s co-founding baristas.