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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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Aug 20, 2015

MY FAVORITE CAFES IN OMOTESANDO

Introduction A stylish cafe makes me feel like I’m stylish too. Stepping into a cafe is like stepping into a different world. I like that a café usually has a concept; it’s fun to see interior and how a certain …