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Dec 2, 2017

20 QUESTIONS WITH MARK LEAHY OF THE TWOKS

1.What’s your favourite cafe Melbourne? My favourite cafe in cafe is three bags full in Abbotsford in Melbourne’s inner north. Lots of great nooks to sit in, great natural light, indoor/outdoor options. The coffee is always top notch and the …

Dec 1, 2017

OPENING OF VERVE KAMAKURA

Vaughan: Congratulations on your second store, guys! The Good Coffee team doesn’t want to go back home to Tokyo. We could just stay all day – it’s really beautiful here… Colby: Oh, thank you Vaughan! That means a lot to …

Nov 17, 2017

THREE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS COMING TO TOKYO

Vaughan: Hi, Genevieve Fry! What do you play in? Genevieve: I am the singer and harpist in Cold Hands Warm Heart and I also play the with Hello Satellites. V: How do you take your coffee? G: Black. Long black …

Nov 12, 2017

THE OPENING OF THE NEW MARUYAMA COFFEE

Tell us about the new store, and what the goals are? The concept of Omotesando Single Origin Store is 「Discover Coffee」, which is about meeting with the coffee producers.  Each coffee is named after its coffee producer’s name, making sure …

Sep 23, 2017

5 SCENES AT SCAJ 2017

SCAJ is Asia’s biggest coffee event, held annually at Tokyo Big Site. It hosts the Japan Brewer’s cup at one end of the hall, and the Japan Barista Championship at the other. In between, there are tons of booths showcasing the …

Sep 19, 2017

“Coffee Road Trip” Part 3

“Did you hear about the fifteen year old who started his own coffee shop in Gunma?”  “Wait… Did you say fifty or fifteen?” “Fifteen. One Five.”  “No… I didn’t…” “Yeah, I heard he wasn’t doing so well with his schooling…. …

Sep 15, 2017

20 QUESTIONS with BEN HARRISON

What’s your favourite cafe Melbourne? Melbourne has a lot of great cafes and many have written about them so I’m gonna go with something a little different. My favourite cafe in Melbourne is the ‘Scarlet Corner’ in Footscray. They do …

Sep 9, 2017

20 QUESTIONS WITH TAKA ISHITANI, JAPAN BARISTA

How many times have you joined Japan Barista Championship? 12 times! You have seen many people present in Barista Championships. Whose presentation did you think was the most impressive? Colin Harmon from IRELAND. 2010+2013WBC, if I recall correctly. What’s your …

Aug 25, 2017

20 QUESTIONS WITH PAIK

First memory of coffee? My first memory of coffee… I was living in Hong Kong back in 80s and few of my friends from British school came over with a bottle of scotch whisky that they stole from their dad’s …

Jul 22, 2017

SUSTAINABLE USE OF GROUND COFFEE

Have you ever thought about the impact coffee waste has on the environment? Could it be redirected? Once again action is taking place in the coffee capital of the world; Melbourne, Australia. Vaughan speaks with Ninna Larsen and Kaitlin Reid …

Jul 8, 2017

INTERVIEW WITH ALVIN MARK TAN

Last month, we caught up with Alvin Mark Tan, a traditional oil painter who has spent time capturing the Singapore coffee scene through his art. We had a great time together visiting a couple of cafes in Tokyo and it …

Jun 29, 2017

CULTURE IN A CUP – VOL.2 Maja Coffee Roastery, Helsinki

In my second installment, I head to Maja Coffee Roastery, a micro roastery located in Lehtisaari, on the outskirts of Helsinki. I was lucky to have the chance to talk to owner Tapani and his wife Kaya-san. <The interior with …

Jun 22, 2017

TWO NEW COFFEEWARE COLLECTIONS BY KINTO

The other week the Good Coffee team was invited to KINTO’s showroom to catch a glimpse of their new autumn & winter collection. We got to touch and feel the new items and we were served delicious coffee in them! …

Jun 9, 2017

“Coffee Road Trip” Part 2

I’ve always thought of Saitama as one big bed town for a lot of the people who work and study in Tokyo. Come to think of it, in the 10 years I’ve resided in Tokyo, I can only recall having …

Jun 2, 2017

20 QUESTIONS WITH ANDREW CURRY OF BLUE BOTTLE

Andrew, your first memory of coffee? Thinking way back, as a child, my first memory of coffee revolves around my mother making a pot of coffee for a group of friends that she had over to our house on the …

May 26, 2017

Tiny Wonders of Coffee in Tokyo

In between Tokyo’s mile-high skyscrapers, a million passengers pass through every day without recognising each other. This extremely fast pace slows down in coffee shops, the smaller the better. A coffee shop with no more than three stools doesn’t invite …

May 21, 2017

20 QUESTIONS WITH PETER BUHL OF P.N.B. COFFEE

Do you need coffee to wake you up in the morning? Yes, defiantly. Favorite cafe in the world? Difficult, toss up between Saint Frank in San Francisco, Five Elephants in Berlin or Coffee Collective in their Frederiksberg location in Copenhagen. …

May 15, 2017

CULTURE IN A CUP – VOL.1 CROOKED NOSE & COFFEE STORIES, LITHUANIA

Japanese Kissa-culture catches a lot of attention in a booming of coffee culture around the world. From the long history, skilful brewing and roasting technique and various equipments were formed. It’s no longer not uncommon that to see customers from …

May 1, 2017

10 CAFES IN NAKAMEGURO

Nakameguro has always been a popular Tokyo destination. It’s known for chill vibes at cafes and shops lining the river, especially during the cherry blossom season. It’s getting even more attention now as the station has recently been redone and …

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 in 2017.   AMAMERIA, GAKUGEI DAIGAKU. Open Jan 21, 2017. Amameria Coffee Roasters, one of Tokyo’s …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 & …

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. …

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 …

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, …