Café in Hioki City, Kagoshima, begins offering milkshakes, using one yolk per serving

PUBLISHED Mar 3, 2022

The exterior of Aunt Yama3’s Café

Aunt Yama3’s Café in Hioki City, Kagoshima Prefecture, began serving milkshakes in January.

“In old days,” says Ikuko Yamaguchi, the owner, “I used to go to a lot of coffee shops.” She added milkshakes to the menu in hopes of “bringing back the milkshakes of those days.” The eggs added to the milk are from free-range hens, and she uses one yolk per serving.

In June 2018, Yamaguchi opened a café in the garage of her home, hoping to create a place where she could come in without taking off shoes and chat with people. The interior of the café resembles a log house, with numerous potted succulent plants lining the walls. The café can accommodate six people at three tables. On some days, Minato-kun, the café’s resident cat rescued near the Sakurajima Ferry, greets customers.

Besides hand-drip coffee (from 400 yen), muffins (250 yen each), which Yamaguchi bakes every morning, are also available, with three different types changing daily. The lineup includes banana/chocolate, apple, pumpkin, adzuki bean, and blueberry. Seasonal berries, such as mulberries, are introduced from time to time.

Customers can also enjoy Milkshakes (450 yen) hot, and Yamaguchi adjusts the heat so that the eggs are not overheated. She added: “Milkshakes are a great pick-me-up when you are feeling a little tired.”

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Milkshake from Aunt Yama3’s Café

  • Muffins from Aunt Yama3’s Café

  • Inside Aunt Yama3’s Café

  • Muffin & Coffee Set from Aunt Yama3’s Café