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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! …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Dec 4, 2015

SAYONARA, OMOTESANDO KOFFEE

Five years ago, on a back street of Omotesando, on the ground floor of an old Japanese home, Omotesando Koffee opened shop. One Japanese man pulling espresso shots on a La Cimbali M31. Originally, it was only supposed to be …

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Nov 27, 2015

What is Good Coffee? By Yozo Otsuki, Director of Kurasu

Coffee is the most consumed beverage on the planet, with millions of people enjoying the brew each and every day. If you ask each one of those millions of coffee drinkers what makes for a great cup of coffee, you …

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Nov 16, 2015

HISTORY OF COFFEE IN JAPAN

Coffee has cultivated its own culture and history in the land of the rising sun. Since the day of the samurai coffee aromas have wafted throughout Japan. The coffee bean has been a rich ingredient in shaping the Japanese social …

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Oct 31, 2015

COFFEE TIME IN SHIBUYA with THE HARPOONS

The Harpoons are an Australian four piece from Melbourne whose ‘genre-bending melodies’ and ‘old-school soul vocals’ channel the best of RnB, Soul and Pop music and bring their own unforgettable charm. In September, The Harpoons debuted in Tokyo, playing six …

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Oct 20, 2015

MASTERS OF COFFEE : VOL.1 – ICHIRO SEKIGUCHI

At 101 years of age, Ichiro Sekiguchi is the Coffee Master and head roaster at Cafe de L’Ambre in Ginza, Tokyo. Sekiguchi-san was born into a big family – 7 sisters and 2 brothers. He is a single man, has …

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Oct 9, 2015

DRIFT MAGAZINE – an exclusive interview with the DRIFT team

DRIFT is a stunning new print magazine devoted to coffee culture – with exquisite photos and fascinating articles. And despite it being new, it’s already known (and owned!) by most baristas in Japan and is almost destined to become your …

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Oct 2, 2015

TOKYO’S MUSIC KISSATENS – A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

Being a classical music fan in Showa-era Tokyo was no easy task. The post- war years in particular saw the price of vinyl records soar to heights unimaginable for the average Japanese; the luxury of playing recorded music in one’s …

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Sep 18, 2015

On the hunt for good coffee in Paris

Although Paris doesn’t quite have the coffee reputation that cities like New York and Melbourne have, in recent years specialty coffee has been quickly gaining popularity and an ever increasing number of good coffee shops has been popping up all …

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Sep 11, 2015

TOKYO’S NEW “COFFEE TOWN” KIYOSUMI-SHIRAKAWA

My wife used to work in an architectural firm right by Kiyosumi Shirakawa station. Every couple of months over many years, she would write me saying – “oh, by the way, did you hear another coffee shop has opened near …

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Aug 28, 2015

Good Coffee Hunt in Berlin

Real coffee geeks are packing their coffee kits and taking the first train to Berlin. Unsurprisingly, I am one of them, armed with my camera and pen. Recently Berlin has gained the name for its specialty coffee culture, which is …