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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…. …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Jun 12, 2015

A LOCAL’S FAVORITE CAFES IN KAMAKURA

Kamakura embodies the perfect getaway from Tokyo. Only an hour away from Tokyo, it’s famous for its temples, giant Buddha and a very relaxed atmosphere. Less famous are the wonderful cafes that are spread out. We were lucky enough to …

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May 7, 2015

London’s Arty Latte Pours

Since the arrival of third-wave coffee shops, specialty coffee has conquered Londoners’ hearts and taste buds. While a perfect extraction is the major factor, independent coffee shops are also appreciated for their beautiful latte art creations. London’s independent cafés turn …