Release Date: Feb 16, 2017
1. How does a typical day start?
I usually go for a run.
2. First memory of coffee?
My mother making coffee in the kitchen.
3. Which cafe do you visit the most in Tokyo?
Coffeehouse Nishiya, I always learn from Nishiya-san.
4. Favorite coffee in Hong Kong (besides Omotesando Koffee!)?
The Cupping Room! The atmosphere in all of their shops are consistently good.
5. Favorite coffee in Melbourne?
I am fond of many… but the coffee at Code Black stands out.
6. What’s the best food that goes with coffee?
Dorayaki and daifuku are good matches… I love a Melbourne breakfast too.
7. Maximum number of coffees you’ve had in one day?
About 80! At an espresso seminar!
8. Favorite coffee region these days?
Guatemala – the coffee is sweet and has good body.
9. Chic or Rustic?
10. Espresso or Filter?
11. Flat White or Latte?
These days, flat white.
12. What type of coffee setup do you have at home?
Kalita Wave and Stove Top Mocca Espresso maker.
13. Who made you a really delicious coffee recently?
Ishitani-san (@takaishitani) at Saturday Surf NYC
14. Best background music to play when at a cafe?
The Album Leaf
15. Coolest movie with a coffee scene in it?
The first thing that comes to mind is blue milk in Star Wars, but it’s not really coffee..
16. Who should everyone follow on instagram?
17. Who is someone that you look up to in the coffee industry?
Hide Nishimura – he is the reason I came to be in contact with coffee.
18. What advice can you give to people who want to make a better cup of coffee at home?
If you purchase some beans from us, you’re able to come back to Koffee Mameya any weekday from 6pm-7pm. We hold free workshops and there’s no need to make an appointment.
19. Favorite kissaten?
Café Bach and Chatei Hato.
20. If you weren’t in the coffee industry, what would you be doing?
Follow Miki Takamasa @mikitkms
Interview by Vaughan @vja
Photography by Nik van der Giesen @nvdg81