Ninety Plus Coffee Arabica Kyoto

SCAJ Tokyo Coffee Convention 2016 Recap

Recap of the SCAJ Tokyo Coffee Convention (SCAJ 2016) in October, which had over 200,000 attendees over 3 days at the Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. With an entry fee of a mere ¥1000 with a pre-registration, visitors had access to unlimited tastings of Japan’s, and the world’s, best coffee suppliers. Check out the photos below on what to expect. Even though this event seems like a “trade show”, coffee fans will be delighted by the variety of quality beans, drinks, and equipment to try. Over 100 exhibitors. Even though this classifies as a trade show, the admission fee is a mere…

Moja Coffee North Vancouver Espresso

Vancouver Coffee Rides: Historic Gastown and East Van

This Vancouver Coffee Cycling Route is designed to sample cafes from Vancouver’s historic downtown core through to Vancouver East. You will be cycling through Coal Harbour, Gastown, Main Street, Chinatown, and Commercial Drive. I make limited recommendations based on what I think people could actually take. It’s probably still too high, so bring a friend! Vancouver Coffee Rides Map This is free and downloadable to your phone. As long as it is pre-loaded, you do not need to have Wi-Fi. Also, I’ve included all the other independent cafes (which to me are fewer than 5 stores) I’ve mentioned previously so…

Gumtree Coffee Tokyo Cappuccino

Tokyo Cafes: Gumtree Coffee

At an nondescript gunmetal grey corner, professionals just outside the manic Tokyo city centre can get a great cup of coffee at Gumtree. This small, lost corner of central Tokyo bordering Ginza and Tsukiji remains relatively quiet, making it a great place to work. Of course, the busy can simply buy a take-out coffee. Those who want to work or catch up with friends can head up to the 2/F seating area. Gumtree Coffee serves beans from Single Origin Roasters in Australia. They have daily single origin and blend beans for Aeropress. I tried the cappuccino, and the beans have a nutty flavour to…

Glitch Coffee and Roasters Tokyo Macchiato

Tokyo Cafes: Glitch Coffee

Right in the heart of Jimbocho, central Tokyo, is an independent cafe and roastery, Glitch Coffee. Their weekly selection is sitting right at the entrance greeting every customer. El Salvador Santa Rita for their white espressos Costa Rica Las Lajlas Natural Rwanda Coko Bourbon Guatemala Santa Clara Natural Ethiopia Kochere Washed You can check out their roasts on their website and updates on their Facebook Page. Off the menu, they still have their Ethiopian Tchembe, which had caught my eye at the Tokyo Coffee Festival 2016 last weekend. Right behind the jars is a corresponding glass filter,  glass jars, and professional scales….

Tokyo Cafes: North Tokyo

Hi there! This is a map I’ve done for coffee in North Tokyo, covering from Ikebukuro, Waseda University, Kagurazaka and Iidabashi, the University of Tokyo, and Yanasen. These areas make great, local walking neighbourhoods. That means they that they are better known for their kissaten, coffee houses, and lifestyle cafes than espresso bars per se. In the map below, the blue icons are ‘lifestyle cafes’, which are included for their ambience, food, or view. For good espressos I recommend: Mojo Coffee (Waseda) For working: Cafe Goto (Waseda) Uni Cafe 125 (Waseda Unversity Campus) Mojo Coffee (Waseda) Times Cafe (Kagurazaka) THE SHORT LIST* *Not indicative of quality. The ones…

Tokyo Coffee Walk: 10 Spots in Yanasen

Hi there! This is a map and list of cafes in Yanasen. The area comprises Yanaka, Sendagi, and Nezu, just north of Ueno Park and the University of Tokyo. Give yourself a few hours or even a full day to you work your way through Yanaka Cemetary and the nearby temples, Nezu Shrine, Snake Street and Yanaka Ginza with their small boutiques and traditional shops. This area is best enjoyed by giving yourself an hour or two to sit down somewhere. Just enjoy the ambience of a place that catches your eye. There are places for people watching, quiet retreats, and old-Edo style experiences. The guide focuses on cafes, which include kissaten, Japanese coffee houses….