Glitch Coffee & Roasters: Jimbocho

We enter the coffee shop on a rainy day, glad to escape the weather. We leave the behind us the dusty bookstores, crammed floor to ceiling with old and used books. We leave behind the aging noodle shops and the shower-slicked streets of Jimbocho. Here at Glitch Coffee & Roasters is an entire world hidden away yet very much part of the neighbourhood its owner, 2014 Japan AeroPress Champion Kiyokazu Suzuki, has chosen. This space isn’t meant to be busy or fashionable; quite the opposite….Continue Reading “Glitch Coffee Jimbocho, Tokyo”

One of our favourite coffee stops in Tokyo is Fuglen near Yoyogi Park, especially during summer where the low wooden benches outside are perfect for enjoying the sun while nursing freshly brewed coffee. Part of the charm is knowing that the café is a retro-cool import from Norway, fully embraced by trendy Tokyoites. So when we finally find ourselves in the Norwegian capital, we make a beeline to downtown Oslo where the original Fuglen resides. Easily recognisable thanks to their distinctive red-and-white bird logo –…Continue Reading “Fuglen, Oslo”

Unlike the Japanese capital, Kyoto isn’t exactly known as a bastion for specialty coffee. Well-preserved machiya (traditional townhouses)? Check. World heritage sites, from Buddhist temples to Shinto shrines? Check. Single origin pour-overs? Well, that’s more of a rarity here. So it is a pleasant surprise to discover a gem of a café, not in the bustling city centre but further north near the grand Nijo Castle, hidden away in an alley-way. Clamp Coffee Sarasa was founded by barista-roaster Tomonori Kanbara after he was invited to…Continue Reading “Clamp Coffee Sarasa, Kyoto”

If you’re strolling along the picturesque margins of the historic Lakes in Copenhagen, chances are you wouldn’t mind some coffee and a little bite afterwards. (Even a slow walk whilst enjoying the view must count as exercise, surely?) One good spot to resolve these minor cravings is Estate Coffee, small coffee shop across the street from the Planetarium. Founded in 2000 by Søren Sylvest, Estate Coffee is a pioneer of the Danish specialty coffee scene, offering lighter roasts when that was still a wild concept….Continue Reading “Coffee First, Copenhagen”

It’s the colour that captures your attention. From the outside, Bath St. (just off the Octagon) in Dunedin can seem rather grungy. That is until you stumble upon a fire-engine red façade. Brick walls painted a red far more intense than the red of the original bricks, one supposes. Against a white rectangle bright red letters announce that you’ve discovered The Strictly Coffee Company. A stalwart of the Dunedin coffee scene for over 17 years, The Strictly Coffee Company is, as its name suggests, absolutely…Continue Reading “The Strictly Coffee Company, Dunedin”