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The art of coffee branding at % Arabica – Kyoto Japan

On the whole I’d say branding is something that gets a fairly high level of attention in the world of specialty coffee. With improvements in farming techniques, technological advancements in machinery, and more science going into the roasting and extraction components of coffee, it’s becoming easier (though definitely not easy) to make a decent cup.…

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Len Hostel – feeling cosy with coffee in Kyoto, Japan

Good things happen when you mix specialty coffee with boutique accommodation. Great things happen when you then design a beautiful foyer to drink said coffee in and spend a few hours lapping up the morning sunshine with some good conversation. I won’t even begin to tell you how much better it gets when the whole…

Field Notes – Kyoto, Japan

Field Notes – Kyoto, Japan

UPDATE: April 2015 – Following my trip a couple of weeks ago I’ve updated the Kyoto Field Notes with some new things to checkout and some new places to stay at if you’re in town. There’s also a few new sneaky photos in there too if you’re floundering on your Monday morning and need some…

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On The Street In Kyoto – Japan

Although it may seem a little contradictory, a visit to mainland Japan can be a breath of fresh air when you live on a tropical island. It’s the constant evolution of cities that always inspires me. New places are popping up every day, filled with new people to meet and new stories to hear. I…

Answering prayers at Vermillion Espresso Bar – Kyoto, Japan

Answering prayers at Vermillion Espresso Bar – Kyoto, Japan

There are literally thousands of people visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto every day, most get off at Inari station and plough straight up the hill. Little do they know that all their (at least coffee related) prayers can be answered with a little wander over to Vermillion Espresso Bar. Named after the brilliant…

Lazy mornings at Sentido – Kyoto, Japan

Lazy mornings at Sentido – Kyoto, Japan

When it comes to holidays, I’m not much of a box-ticker. For me, they’re more about spending a few lazy hours in a beautiful space and meeting the people that wander in. Sentido is one of these spaces. Opened by Itsumi Doi in 2012, Sentido is a relative newcomer to the Kyoto coffee scene. Itsumi…

An outstanding standup at Weekenders Coffee – Kyoto, Japan

An outstanding standup at Weekenders Coffee – Kyoto, Japan

The popularity of standup specialty coffee bars is increasing right around the world, but no matter how good the coffee, it’s not often you find one you can happily spend an hour in. Usually it’s a case of walking in, downing a shorty and being on your merry way, albeit in a slightly more caffeinated…