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…

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Seoul Cafes: 5 Extracts (Itaewon)

A review of 5 Extracts in Seoul by an amateur coffee enthusiast and shoestring digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability. Cafe Overview: 5 Extracts in Itaewon is a modern and classy reincarnation of the down-to-earth Hongdae cafe with its award-winning barista, Hyunsun Choi.  The espresso served is pulled to accommodate a complex set of flavours. My memory of the tasting notes included a hint of fruity acidity, with a strong, nutty profile. The ratio of foam is quite low, about 10%, but it’s frothed to a smooth, rich and sweet perfection. I’ve concluded it’s just the way Seoul cafes…

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…

Tokyo Cafes: iki Espresso

It’s the first sunny spring day in Tokyo, and iki espresso has opened its panel doors to let the fresh air in. It sits on a quiet street with little traffic and the covered veranda keeps the sun out of your eyes as it warms your lap. They have recently planted themselves in Kiyosumi after operating for two years in Chigasaki, Chiba Prefecture. The most noticeable thing about this place is the relaxed and contented smiles that staff have. All of the staff have worked with the company for several years, and most of them have had a career switches from industries…

Tokyo Cafes: Ryumon Coffee Stand

Consider yourself in know if you’ve come to check out hip Kichijoji, just 15 minutes train ride out of Shinjuku, but already in Musashino City. You probably already know about lights, bustle and covered main shopping arcade with a down-to-earth mix of veggie stalls, boutiques, bars, and famous food joints. The unique indie shops radiate from that central area of Kichijoji Honmachi, but Ryumon Coffee Stand decided to go against the grain. Just 5 minutes from the train station, it’s on a wide, well-kept commercial street that caters more to neighbourhood visitors. Righ across, you have a neighbourhood bar, and…