Release Date: Sep 9, 2017

  1. How many times have you joined Japan Barista Championship?

12 times!

  1. 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.

  1. What’s your favourite cafe in Tokyo?

SATURDAYS at DAIKANYAMA. Can’t beat coffee drinking on the terrace.

  1. Favorite cafe in the world?

The Cupping Room in HKG, and 3FE in Ireland.

  1. Favourite coffee region these days?

I love the brightness and the fruity taste of Ethiopian coffee and the round mouthfeel that Bolivian coffee has as well.

  1. Favorite brewing method?


  1. How many coffees do you have everyday?

10 cups on a work day, and I don’t drink coffee much on my days off.

  1. Maximum number of coffees you’ve ever had in one day?

Probably…30 espresso… serious.

  1. What’s the most expensive cup of coffee you’ve had?

Fazenda Ouro Verde/Brazil, Early Harvest 2014 COE 1st place.

  1. What’s the best food that goes with coffee?

Very sweet Iced Latte with Butter Toast.

  1. What type of coffee setup do you have at home?


  1. What advice can you give to people who want to make a better cup of coffee at home?

Measure! (coffee, extraction, time)

  1. Where did you have a really delicious cup of coffee recently?

Nem Coffee & Espresso. Having a cup of coffee at that location is always the best – it’s the taste, service, and the space.

  1. What’s the best thing about being a barista?

No day is ever perfect. I need to keep working harder everyday and this what makes being a barista interesting. Also making people smile with coffee is always a happy thing for me.

  1. What’s the most challenging part about being a barista?

Keep following the basics strictly like dosing leveling, and tamping.

  1. Who is someone that you look up to in the coffee industry?

World Barista Champions.

  1. The coolest movie with a coffee scene in it?

dinner rush

  1. Who should everyone follow on instagram?

Cupping Room Coffee Roasters (@cuppingroomhk)

  1. Most important thing you’ve learned being a barista?

Always being humble in front of coffee and others.

  1. Best background music to play while you’re making coffee?

First Tube/Phish

You can follow Ishitani-san here on instagram @taka_ishitani


Interview by Vaughan (@vja)

Photography by Nik van der Giesen (@nvdg81)

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