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Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

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Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

COFFEE: According to Café Mayflour manager Bobby Kim, their cold brew extraction method for coffee yields a less bitter coffee, with more aroma. A 16-ounce cold brew coffee is $4 at Café Mayflour. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

COLD BREW: Café Mayflour uses the cold brew method for coffee extraction for their cold brew coffee. The device can be seen at use in the middle of the cafe. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Café Mayflour in Upper Tumon takes its name from the Mayflower, the ship that sailed from Europe to the United States in 1620 bringing the first English settlers to America.

“We named it Mayflour because I like the model ships. I know about the Mayflower for pilgrims," said co-owner Bobby Kim. "The flour (part) just popped in my head, so we twisted the name slightly."

That sense of imagination and humor can be seen around the shop. A chalkboard sign out front humorously reads, “well behaved children welcome, the rest will be made into breads.”

Inside, a nautical theme permeates the spic and span café, and Kim has displayed some of his model ships along the crisp white and blue walls. Soothing piano jazz plays in the background, a nice change from the blaring tunes of other similar establishments.

Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

SWEET DELIGHT: The almond cream cheese loaf is $5.75. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Customers step out of the hustle and bustle and into an atmosphere that has an immediate calming effect signaling it is time to relax and treat yourself to a nice beverage and snack.

And Café Mayflour has plenty to choose from.

Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

YUMMY ON A STICK: The baked hot dog roll comes on a stick, for $4. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

What makes the baked goods special is they are all Korean style, baked on-site, with care taken to produce authentic Asian pastries.

Kim said the first step in achieving this is using flour imported from Korea.

“We had been trying with American flour, but we could not make it so soft. The way they make the flour in Korea is different,” Kim explained.

Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

BLUE LEMONADE: Café Mayflour offers a house-made blue lemonade($5), right, and a yuja-ade($5), a soft beverage made from Korean citrus juice. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Unlike Western style breads which are low in fat, the Asian counterparts are ramped up with sugar and fats which result in a unique texture.

The white bread they sell “is so soft and spongy,” said Kim.

Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

PASTA SQUID: Squid ink, a popular ingredient in pasta sauces, is used for the Café Mayflour squid ink cream cheese raisin bread, which is garnished with sliced almonds, for $6.25. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Choco Nama (a Japanese term denoting a mixture or whipped cream and chocolate) cream buns line the pasty case (they also come in green tea and milk flavors) alongside pumpkin flavored castella, a honey sponge cake, and shortbread cookies.

Looking for more of a meal? Mayflour offers a variety of freshly made sandwiches, including tuna and ham and cheese.

Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

WELCOME: Bobby Kim is the manager of Café Mayflour, a nautically themed cafe and bake shop in Upper Tumon. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

And like the pastries, the sandwiches are special too, with extra vegetables like cucumber or corn added to the tuna, and a drizzle of squid sauce on the ham and cheese.

Squid also has made its way into the buns, giving them a rich dark brown hue. Squid flavored baked goods have recently gained popularity in Korea, said Kim.

“Every bakery in Korea has that type of stuff,” he said, but quickly clarified: “It doesn’t taste like squid. It's more for color or texture.”

Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

OUT OF THE OVEN: Fresh items from the small bake shop are available right around noon every day. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

SAMPLE: Sometimes bakery products are offered free of charge to sample. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Mayflour continues the authentic Asian café experience with the coffee they serve, using only beans sourced from and roasted at the well-known Seoul-based coffee house Jeon Kwang Soo. (The company also runs a barista school where Kim’s partner was certified.)

A special glass brewer from Blue Bottle (another big-name in the coffee industry, “It’s like Starbucks,” said Kim) slowly drips out cold coffee that is time-intensive to make, but worth it.

Step aboard the Mayflour for artisan coffee and authentic Korean pastries

STEP INSIDE: Café Mayflour is located in Upper Tumon, next to Olympia Market. The cafe and bakery is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

“It takes a long time to penetrate the coffee to the grind. So, we control the speed for use eight hours is the right taste,” he said.

Perfect for on the go mixed in a flavored frappe or hot or cold latte (try the tiramisu flavor!).

If you choose to forgo the caffeine, Café Mayflour also makes fresh smoothies and hand-mixed carbonated fruit drinks like the Yuja-ade (a Korean mix between a lemon and a grapefruit) or the Omija-ade (five berries.)

Take a break from your old coffee-grab routine, sail over to Café Mayflour and experience how quality, attention to detail and patience make a world of difference.

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