About Café Drôme
Café Drôme takes its name from Drôme, France - birthplace of Paul Brunat.
The café is located in a renovated space originally built as semi-detached tenement housing for Silk Mill workers.
Today, 7 of the original 12 buildings remain in Tomioka.
Images of the Past
Café Drôme is decorated with a wide variety of items purchased in Paul Brunat's birthplace of Bourg de Péage, as well as the famous silk city of Lyon. These items include weaving, pottery and silk scarves - all of which convey the story of Tomioka's silk history.
Over 150 Years of History
On the second floor, architectural features such as earthen walls and wooden crossbeams have been preserved for more than 150 years, alongside historic photographs of the old Tomioka Silk Mill and surrounding area.
We have a gift corner in the annex, where visitors can purchase authentic silk scarves. On display here are postcards with photographs of French silk factories and the women who worked in them, as well as postcards from Bourg de Péage and maps of Lyon. The postcards are authentically French, having been postmarked and distributed there.
A Historic Atmosphere
We are proud of the sights, tastes and experiences that cannot be found anywhere else but Café Drôme. We hope that all of our guests can enjoy a delicious coffee in a vibrant, historic atmosphere.
Guide to the Café
What is Specialty Coffee?
At Café Drôme, all of our coffee is specialty coffee - meaning that we purchased from trustworthy roasters who source beans directly from growers.
Coffee-lovers can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that the farm-to-cup journey adheres to strict ethical standards.
The beans we used are shipped fresh from the roaster, so that the coffee we brew arrives to the customer at the peak of fragrance and flavor.
We never stop studying how to improve our craft.
We keep a checklist to guarantee flavor and quality every day, so that customers can enjoy a delicious and trustworth cup of coffee.
We Care About Local Ingredients!
Gunma has a rich history of miso and flour-based cuisine, including yakimanju, miso oden, okkirikomi and more. In the past, the farming season was very busy, so long-lasting foods were a necessity.
The people of Gunma grew soybeans alongside wheat fields, which allowed them to produce miso and flour. Based on this tradition, we at Café Drôme make Japanese sweets with miso and flour ingredients!
Flour produced locally in Gunma
Eggs raised with care in the foothills of Mt. Haruna
The manager's handmade miso!
Silk-based protein, produced in Tomioka
For our miso chiffon, we knead the manager's handmade miso into the ingredients before baking the dough. The resulting combination of miso's earthy taste and aroma, and the sweetness of the cake is a delicious, delicate treat.
At the base (soko) of our smooth, creamy pudding desert is a caramel sauce specially-made from Tomioka-produced miso! The special feature of this delicious dessert is the combination of animal-based proteins (eggs, milk and cream) with plant-based yeast (miso).
Tomioka Silk Project
Our chiffon cakes are made using silk-based proteins as part of the Tomioka Silk Project. The Project produces silk-based protein for use as a cooking ingredient while also supporting the local silk farming tradition in Gunma.
- Silk Farms Produce Cocoons
- Tomioka City Purchases the Cocoons
- Silk is Processed into Protein Material
- Silk-based Protein is Distributed to Restaurants
- Customers Purchase End Product
Tomioka Silk Project