When you enter The Hangar, Flight Coffee’s HQ on the corner of Willis & Dixon, you can understand how its moniker is more than a nod to the coffee roaster’s name or any aviation theme; this is a place where, after a cup or two, you’d be flying high too… on caffeine, that is.

Home to Nick Clark, the 2013 New Zealand barista champion and 2013 World Barista Championship finalist, and Nic Rapp, the 2015 New Zealand Brewer’s Cup Champion, The Hangar is a coffee hangout with serious clout.

(Is it any wonder Wellington is New Zealand’s de facto coffee capital?)

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Founded by World Barista Championship judge Daichi Matsubara and roaster Rena Hirai in July, this nearly five-month-old café in Sumida, Tokyo (not too far from the famous Sensoji Temple of Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree tower) is perhaps the freshest face on the scene where Japanese specialty coffee is concerned.

Yet when we enter this coffee shop, it welcomes with warm tones from dark woods used in its décor and a sure touch with friendly and professional baristas. Petite and cheerful Atsumi Yamashita brews some filter coffee using Colombia Naranjos Fully Washed beans. Her dashing colleague Kota Sato pours us a delightfully winey cold brew coffee made from Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aricha (Natural).

These are some of the best coffees we’ve had in Japan!

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