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Apr 25, 2017

FIVE NEW COFFEE SHOPS TO VISIT IN TOKYO

2017 new café openings Want to check out a new coffee shop in Tokyo? Here are some interesting ones that have opened so far this in 2017.   AMAMERIA, GAKUGEI DAIGAKU. Open Jan 21, 2017. Amameria Coffee Roasters, one of …

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Apr 15, 2017

London Coffee Festival with Shinsaku Fukayama

Londoners had a chance to get over-caffeinated once again in the annual London Coffee Festival which is the largest of its kind in the world. It celebrates coffee culture by gathering the best baristas and hosting coffee shops from all …

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Apr 8, 2017

20 QUESTIONS with MIKI SUZUKI

1. Who do you work for and what is your current role? My role is sales planning director and barista of Maruyama Coffee. I appreciate that coffee has and continues to enrich my life. My goal is to create a …

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Mar 30, 2017

SIX SANDWICHES IN TOKYO WITH GOOD COFFEE

In this column, I venture around Tokyo to get my hands on some first-rate artisanal sandwiches, followed by good coffee. Have you been to any of these places? If you think there’s some others that are cut out for the …

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Mar 10, 2017

20 QUESTIONS with DEVIN EIRING

1. Do you need coffee to wake you up in the morning? I don’t need it, but I enjoy it when I get it! 2. Favorite non-Verve coffee shop in the world? Well, if I’m talking about a place where …

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Feb 16, 2017

20 Questions with Takamasa Miki

1. How does a typical day start? I usually go for a run. 2. First memory of coffee? My mother making coffee in the kitchen. 3. Which cafe do you visit the most in Tokyo? Coffeehouse Nishiya, I always learn …

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Feb 11, 2017

SEVEN SHOPS IN SANGENJAYA

Sangenjaya, or “Sancha” as it’s commonly known, is a popular tightly-knit community to live in as well as a destination for those wanting a drink or two when the sun goes down. It’s also home to a ton of really …

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Feb 3, 2017

INTERVIEW WITH DAVID KIM

David Kim, Head Barista at the famous Auction Rooms in Melbourne and 3rd in Australian Brewers Cup Championship, visited Japan and was guest barista for a day at About Life Coffee Brewers in Shibuya. After his trip, I spoke with …

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Jan 26, 2017

THE OPENING OF KOFFEE MAMEYA

Omotesando Koffee fans, we don’t have to wait much longer. On January 27, 2017, we will be looked after in their new concept shop “KOFFEE MAMEYA“ opening in the same location as the original Omotesando Koffee. “Koffee Mameya” translates as …

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Jan 21, 2017

20 Questions with NOBUMASA SHIMOYAMA

NOBUMASA SHIMOYAMA / SUPERRANDOM, MELBOURNE / 20 QUESTIONS – ANSWERS 1. What’s a cafe that you love to visit in Melbourne? I would say “Patricia Coffee Brewers” in the CBD. 2. One of your favorite cafes in Japan? Nem Coffee & …

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Jan 13, 2017

20 Questions with JONNY REED

JONNY REED / CAFE MANAGER AT MOJO HARAJUKU / 20 QUESTIONS – ANSWERS 1. First memory of coffee? Mum used to drink instant coffee all the time, I hated it. But my first Espresso coffee was from Starbucks in Canberra. 2. …

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Jan 7, 2017

4 CAFÉS in FUTAKOTAMAGAWA

Nicotama – Cafes in focus 2 years ago, when I turned onto a TV channel about the fresh and hot areas to live in Tokyo, the very long station name “Futako-tamagawa” (“Nicotama” for the local cats) was crowned in the …

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Dec 31, 2016

10 GOOD COFFEE memories of 2016

To cappuccino off the end of 2016, let’s revisit some of our highlights of this year. On the Good Coffee English site (en.goodcoffee.me) we try to bring you a column every week – interviews, area reports, event reports, guest columns, …

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Dec 17, 2016

FOUR COFFEE SHOPS in ESTONIA

Goodcoffee.me met Misa Asanuma almost 2 years ago when she wrote for us about 4 coffee shops she often visits in Kamakura. Fast forward to today and you’ll be excited to know that Misa is on the other side of …

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Dec 10, 2016

GOOD FOOD with GOOD COFFEE in Tokyo [PART 1]

As foodies will testify, there is no shortage of excellent restaurants on this side of the world. But living here over the years, whenever I’ve asked waiters “Where is your coffee from?” or, “Who roasts your coffee?”; all I usually …

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Nov 25, 2016

“Coffee Road Trip” Part 1

  I was looking through old magazines at a store in Shiomokitazawa when my eyes landed on a rare 1995 Brutus Magazine edition titled: “Garcon! Un cafe, s’il vous plait. カフェに行こう”. Featured content on the front cover – “TOKYO CAFE LOVE STORY” and “Cafes are …

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Nov 7, 2016

KURASU OPENS SHOP IN KYOTO

Vaughan sits down with Yozo Otsuki, founder of Kurasu – the online shop to go to for buying coffee goods… which has now set up shop right by Kyoto station! V: Yozo, congratulations on the opening of your beautiful KURASU cafe in Kyoto. Y: …

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Oct 28, 2016

20 Questions with CHACE FEDOR

CHACE FEDOR / PRODUCER & DIRECTOR OF POWEREDBY.TOKYO / 20 QUESTIONS – ANSWERS I asked Chace Fedor of poweredby.tokyo 20 questions about coffee and his life in Tokyo.   1. What’s your job? I work for the creative agency monopo, …

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Oct 11, 2016

20 Questions with HANNAH CAMERON

1. Do you need coffee to wake you up in the morning? I can go without it until about midday but after that it’s game over. 2. A really delicious cup of coffee you had recently was at…? One of my favourite cafes …

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Oct 2, 2016

20 Questions with LOUIS KING

LOUIS KING / THE LAGERPHONES / 20 QUESTIONS – ANSWERS 1. Favourite Café in Japan? Last time I was in Tokyo, in July of last year,  we went every day to Fuglen coffee and I loved it. Strong iced coffee every …

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Sep 17, 2016

A letter to everyone who loves coffee

SUBJECT: THE BIGGEST PROBLEM ALL COFFEE LOVERS HAVE, AND THE WAY YOU CAN HELP SOLVE IT. To dearest coffee lovers around the world, Do we all have the same problem? Isn’t it next to impossible to find good local coffee …

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Sep 9, 2016

INTERVIEW with TAKASHI INODA of CAFE-MAGAZINE.COM

Inoda-san, tell us about how you got started with cafe-magazine.com. Have you always been interested in cafes? Well, I was working at an advertising agency for about seven years. I was working with various clients across industries and one of my projects …

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Sep 2, 2016

20 Questions with JAMES FREEMAN

JAMES FREEMAN / Blue Bottle Coffee / 20 QUESTIONS – ANSWERS (This interview took place at the Blue Bottle Coffee Kiyosumi Shirakawa Roastery & Cafe on March 29, 2016) 1. Favorite cafe in Japan? I would have to say Satei Hato. …

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Aug 26, 2016

20 Questions with COLBY BARR

COLBY BARR / Verve Coffee Roasters / 20 QUESTIONS – ANSWERS 1. Do you need coffee to wake you up in the morning? No, but it sure helps! 2. How do you take your coffee? Usually, a cappuccino and a …

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Aug 15, 2016

20 Questions with MASATAKA NOJO

NOJO-san / Nozy Coffee / 20 QUESTIONS – ANSWERS 1. Favorite cafe in Japan? Coffea Exlibris in Shimokitazawa. It’s always been special for me. I used to go as a student a lot. 2. Best city in the world for coffee? I think …

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Aug 7, 2016

20 Questions with YU YAMA

YU YAMA / SINGLE O / 20 QUESTIONS – ANSWERS 1. Favorite cafe in the world? Single O Surry Hills. Where everything began… 2.Which city in the world do you think has the best coffee scene? I haven’t been to …

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Jul 23, 2016

10 cafés in SHIMOKITAZAWA

Shimokitazawa, also known as “Shimokita” is the funkiest neighbourhood in Tokyo, about a 10 minute train ride from Shibuya station on the Keio Inokashira line. It boasts a trendy bohemian ambiance famous for streets lined with small independent music venues, …

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Jun 21, 2016

INTERVIEW with CHACE FEDOR from poweredby.tokyo

If I had a single yen for each time someone has asked me how on earth I found this coffee shop or this bar or this pizza shop or this garden, I’d have a lot (and I mean a lot) more money…. to …

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Jun 18, 2016

COFFEE TIME at 6 Cafés in NEWoMan in Shinjuku

Shinjuku station has just gotten a whole lot bigger and better with the opening of the the JR Shinjuku Station New South Exit in March 2016. There’s a new all-in-one bus terminal consolidating all of the 19 bus stations around …

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Jun 10, 2016

27 COFFEE ROASTERS interview with CEO KOHTSU KASAI

Vaughan heads out to Tsujido in Shonan to visit 27 Coffee Roasters, not far from the beautiful Shonan T-site complex, for this interview with CEO and respected roaster Kohtsu Kasai. Vaughan: Kasai-san, it’s a pleasure to finally meet you in …

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Jun 3, 2016

an interview with COLBY BARR (VERVE COFFEE CO-OWNER)

Vaughan catches up with Colby Barr, the man behind Verve Coffee Roasters, which has just opened smack bang in the newly renovated Shinjuku station in Tokyo.   Vaughan: Colby Barr, you’re co-founder and green coffee buyer of Verve Coffee Roasters. …

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May 21, 2016

TEN COFFEE SHOPS IN SHINJUKU

My family and I have called Shinjuku home for the past 5 years. We live about 5 minutes from the station and despite the crowds and the concrete, we have really enjoyed checking out a lot of coffee shops in …

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May 6, 2016

An interview with illustrator MARIYA SUZUKI

Vaughan: Hi Mariya!! We first met at the first ever Tokyo Coffee Festival about a year ago… I saw you drawing one of the stalls in your sketchbook and was blown away – I’m a big fan of your drawings! …