I, for one, am unhappy about the taste of the bread available in Tsukuba. Tsukuba bakeries try to appeal to Japanese customers' palates, but unfortunately, breads play a rather minor role in the Japanese daily diet. Bakeries are not aware that nearly 10% of Tsukuba residents are not Japanese and good portion of them crave breads they are accustomed to eating.
I am starting a group called BRETT (BREad Tasters of Tsukuba). We will have a tasting party to compare breads from many bakeries in Tsukuba and announce the result of the evaluation. The first gathering will take place in KEK sometime early November and the subject this time will be baguettes (a kind of French bread).
We would like to gather a team of "experts" who are familiar with what good tasting baguettes should be like so that they can give a fair evaluation. We're starting with baguettes because they are offered by most bakeries and they are well accepted by Japanese people.
The next item on the list of our trials will be rye breads.
If you would like to participate as a judge and/or organizer, please contact me as soon as possible at tokio.ohska AT kek.jp. Along with your name and contact info, please indicate where you are from and how important baguettes have been in your diet up until now. We welcome your participation. YOU can make a difference!
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