All posts tagged: japan

A Guide to Specialty Coffee in Tokyo and Kyoto

Most people don’t associate Japan with high quality coffee. Traditional coffee houses generally serve a filter variety of coffee, and Japan’s ubiquitous vending machines carry canned coffee, hot and cold. However, the specialty coffee scene is growing in popularity and quality. Starbucks and big chains still dominate streetscapes, but hidden down quiet lanes you’ll find the following cafes slinging quality espresso. Off the beaten tourist track, the search for the best brew is a great way to discover different neighbourhoods (and importantly stay caffeinated while at it). That’s the point of travel, right? TOKYO Fuglen 1 Chome-16-11 Tomigaya, 渋谷区 Tokyo 151-0063, Japan This cafe and bar is the sister outpost of Fuglen Oslo, and you can tell. If you’re wandering around Yoyogi Park and surrounds in Tokyo, and have a hankering for a smooth cappuccino inside what feels like the coziest Scandinavian cabin, then Fuglen is your place. Who doesn’t love coffee with a vintage modernist aesthetic? It’s open well after dark (till 2am Friday and Saturday) for late night cravings. Onibus Nakameguro Japan, 〒153-0051 …

Humans of coffee: Michael Phillips

Who is Michael Phillips? A midwesterner at heart no matter how much he travels.  I like hard work, fairness and people that are more considerate than self-interested. What’s your best childhood memory? My childhood home was two stories and my room was on the second floor.  I had a hot wheels track that on the weekends I would set up to go down the stairs to the first floor.  Working with all the different parts and finding news ways to set it up was one of my favorite things. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Hard to say anything on this one.  I have made a ton of mistakes but I learned lessons from every single one and it is whats made me the person I am today which is a person I am pretty happy with all things said and done. What do you feel most proud of? I am most proud of keeping pace with the group of friends that I have.  There are …

Humans of coffee: Tim Jay

Who is Tim Jay? Tim Jay is a 29 year old who spent a lot of years drifting across Australia and a few other countries. Though I tried to follow the path mapped out for me and my peers as a teenager – study, university, career and buying a house –  I never really believed in it. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, it just wasn’t for me. So I travelled, worked as a chef, book store clerk, photographer, journalist, actor, model and a whole lot of other things in between. Like a lot of other people out there, I struggled for years with depression and got through that with the help of friends and taking up a solid exercise regime. I discovered coffee when I was in Cambodia. Looking back now there was nothing particularly special about that coffee other than being freshly roasted. Maybe it was the place too, Cambodia is haunting and beautiful. What is your best childhood memory? I’d be lying if I said I had one. I had a somewhat difficult …