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Prayers Answered – Chocolate Jesus Coffee – Okinawa

A couple of months before I left Okinawa a little store opened up called Chocolate Jesus Coffee (quite fitting for an Easter post) and it quickly became one of my locals. Owner Kazufumi Shinzato also runs a skate and apparel shop on the island by the same name and has carried over his branding into the new space. The whole thing oozes attitude and I simply love it.

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Zhyvago Coffee Works – Bringing Portland to Okinawa, Japan

It’s been a while since I featured any Okinawan content on the blog, but recently the island seems to be embracing specialty coffee culture with quite a few new spaces opening their doors and putting out some pretty decent espresso. One of the best is Zhyvago Coffee Works which kicked off operations last month. As…

Black Cat Cafe Okinawa

Sharing the Melbourne coffee roasting love in Japan

Great things happen when people collaborate and as far as I’m concerned, the coffee world could use a little more of this. It often seems as though everyone is trying to out-do each other with the next ‘latest and greatest’. Be it a new drink concoction, or obtaining a supply of ultra-rare beans form a…

Surf’s up at Soupçon Cafe – Ishikawa, Okinawa, Japan

Surf’s up at Soupçon Cafe – Ishikawa, Okinawa, Japan

Surfboards by the door, The Beach Boys playing in the background, beers on the balcony with a tidy view of the ocean – wander over to Soupçon Beach Side Café and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back to the Californian 60’s, only this time the coffee actually tastes good. Kento and Mayumi Takayanagi have nailed…

Kino store takes the cake – Ginoza, Okinawa, Japan

Kino store takes the cake – Ginoza, Okinawa, Japan

Everything about kino store gets me smiling. It’s tiny, it’s got slick design and it’s pumping busy. Quite seriously, my (rather small) car seats more people than this petite pâtisserie, but I don’t care because that’s part of what makes this place so charming. I say ‘part’ because it’s the sweets and the people that…

Maybe this is love? – Maybe Bakery, Okinawa, Japan

Maybe this is love? – Maybe Bakery, Okinawa, Japan

Finding a bakery is always a little bit of an olfactory treasure hunt. You pick up that unmistakable scent in the air that only comes from fresh, fresh bread, and you know there’s treasure at the other end. Maybe Bakery in Chatan is a treasure worth finding. Your loot? Croissants, sourdough, countless pastries and my…

Serious about bread. Bakery Suien – Okinawa, Japan

Serious about bread. Bakery Suien – Okinawa, Japan

I’m rapidly discovering that the Japanese take their bread rather seriously and Bakery Suien in Zakimi, Yomitan is no exception. After navigating the concrete maze of residential streets, take a stroll down the driveway and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the little utopia that lies at the end. It’s like walking into the jungle as…