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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 …

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 …

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 …

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: …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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! …

Apr 28, 2016

COFFEE IN SHONAN IN SPRING

It’s spring time. Which means it’s time to take that someone special, somewhere special. And what better than a trip to the Shonan area, about an hour from Tokyo, comprising of areas such as Kamakura, Chigasaki, and Tsujido. After spending …

Apr 22, 2016

LATTE ART CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Coffee Fest Latte Art Championship 2016 was held at Tokyo Big Site over 3 days, from April 13-15 2016. It’s a knock out competition in which baristas free pour their latte art within a 3 minute timeframe. The judges decide …

Apr 10, 2016

5 Unique Japanese Coffee Equipment

I have been surrounded by specialist Japanese coffee equipment ever since I was little. My mother and father both owned Jazz Kissaten’s in Kyoto and brewing coffee in our house was a normal part of day to day life. All …

Apr 8, 2016

“MY NEW LOCALS” – by Marty Holoubek

I’m back in Tokyo. Send help.   This is my second time round in the outrageously incredible city and I decided that this time I’d make a bit of a go of it for three months. The first time I …

Apr 1, 2016

10 Coffee Shops, 10 minutes from Shibuya station

For all you coffee lovers visiting Tokyo for the first time, there are certain areas where clusters of coffee shops have formed that make for the perfect coffee crawl. For this column, we head out of Shibuya station, walk straight …

Mar 16, 2016

IMPRESSIVE CAFE DESIGNS IN TOKYO

I have always described Japan as a country of perfection, from manners to dedication. Visiting Tokyo for the third time, I was not surprised to encounter extraordinary hospitality and a sacred-like coffee preparation. While quality was exceptional in most of …

Mar 4, 2016

AT Ki WITH KIYOSHI-SAN

Vaughan interviews the man behind new VACANT BAR, the coffee shop inside the Vacant, one of Tokyo’s central cultural hubs. Vaughan: Kiyoshi-san, welcome to Ki. One of my favourites… Is it your first time here? Kurotaki Kiyoshi: Yes, it is …

Feb 29, 2016

SLAYER ESPRESSO INTERVIEW

We interview Brandon King, Global Sales Manager of Slayer Espresso – one of the coolest espresso machines going around… Good Coffee: Can you give us a brief history of slayer? When and how did this amazing product come about? Who’s …

Feb 20, 2016

THREE MELBOURNE COFFEE SHOPS

People wouldn’t queue in Melbourne for anything else. If you know Melbourne, you know that you’re never too far away from a decent cup of coffee, served to you by an exceptional barista (who most probably is handsomely/beautifully hip!), working …

Feb 5, 2016

THREE COFFEE STORIES in London and more

At the end of last October I visited London and fell in love with the landscape – vivid red buses run among beautiful white traditional buildings. I have grown fond of London’s atmosphere, but what about London’s coffee? Let me …

Jan 29, 2016

“MAKING MY COFFEE CUP” at TETO CERAMICS

I switched on the TV and landed on something fascinating. There was a lot of big machinery hard at work in various factories across Japan showing how products are made. Robotic hands cracking eggs, bean sprouts being grown, the bristles of toothbrushes being …

Jan 22, 2016

interview with SPRUDGE writer HENGTEE LIM

Vaughan sits down with Hengtee Lim – the man who delivers coffee news in Tokyo to the world via Sprudge.com – and asks him about his lifestyle, his short stories and his take on coffee in Japan…   VAUGHAN: Hengtee, …

Jan 18, 2016

interview with Atsushi Sakao at the new ONIBUS COFFEE

Vaughan: Congratulations on the opening of your fourth shop! Does this feel like the most exciting one? Atsushi: Thank you very much. Yes, this time we’re very excited, but every shop has been special. V: Did you want to become …

Jan 8, 2016

2015 OPEN OMEDETO!

Two Thousand and Fifteen was a big year for third wave coffee in Tokyo. The roasters and the baristas were extremely motivated in experimenting with different roasts and brews, the customers were more curious than ever, various coffee festivals were …

Dec 22, 2015

TOKYO COFFEE FESTIVAL 2015 winter : PHOTO REPORT

On the 12th and 13th of December the 2nd TOKYO COFFEE FESTIVAL was held with the Aoyama Farmer’s Market in the United Nations University. The inaugural event was held just a couple of months earlier. But due to popular demand …