While browsing the Nanami Paper website recently, I came across a new notebook from them. They created a mini-me version of my favorite Seven Seas Writer and called it the Cafe Note.
The Cafe Note is a B6 sized notebook (the Seven Seas is A5). There’s a lined 7mm ruled version and a grid ruled version with a 3.7mm grid. I got the ruled version. The B6 pages are 110mm X 176mm (about 4” X 7”). There are 385 pages in each version. By comparison the A5 sized Writer is 148mm X 210mm and has 480 pages.
It’s the same 52gsm white Tomoe River paper as the Writer. The lines are light blue. Like the Seven Seas, the cover is coated paper. I like that the paper is thin, so there’s a lot of it. It’s a little too fountain pen friendly for my tastes making it slow drying. The thin paper can also be subject to show-through. I typically use thin nibs so show-through usually isn’t an issue for me. I like to get the most out of my notebooks and write on both sides of the page. The slow drying bothers me much more as I do get more smudges than I would like. The notebook comes with a sheet of blotter paper so I use that before turning a page.
The paper is thin, so if you have a heavy hand you could leave an imprint of the page below the one you’re writing on. You could always use the included blotter paper under the page you’re writing on. The blotter paper also helps cut down on the show through when it’s under the page I’m writing on.
In addition to the pink blotter paper, cut to the size of the notebook, a cardboard slipcase for protection and storage is included.
While I like the Seven Seas Writer a lot, it’s too big and heavy for a daily carry notebook. At least for me. While the Cafe Note is a much more manageable size and weight. That said, I haven’t given the Note a workout yet so it may not travel as well as I expect it to.
The notebook does a good job of lying flat when opened. I haven’t found a notebook, other than wire bound notebooks, that are truly flat when opened. The Cafe Note is better than most. Once I bend the covers back on themselves to loosen the binding it’s better (so much for pristine notebooks). I do this regularly with the Seven Seas and the binding itself isn’t damaged and I expect the Cafe Note to hold up just as well. In the beginning I put something like my phone under the left side to provide a flat writing surface, but after about 10 pages it’s easier to flatter the notebook.
The Cafe Note is currently in stock a Nanami Paper at $16 each (plus shipping). The ruled version is also listed, but currently unavailable, on Amazon.