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”

A city on the North Sea coast of the Netherlands, The Hague (or Den Haag in Dutch) is usually known for two things – being the seat of the Dutch parliament and the home to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice. Perhaps it should be famous for a third thing closer to our hearts: coffee. The best spot for coffee here is indisputably Lola Bikes & Coffee, its reputation likely more due to the former with its array of well-crafted bicycles made by small companies….Continue Reading “Lola Bikes & Coffee, Den Haag”

If you love coffee and you love books, you will love Democratic Coffee. (And who wouldn’t, really? Books and coffee go together like Kirk and Spock, like Batman and Robin.) Hidden away inside the Copenhagen public library in Krystalgade, Democratic Coffee is founded by former marketer Oliver Oxfeldt. He stumbled onto his new vocation thanks to a disdain for the lousy coffee that used to be served in the library café! Why “Democratic”, you might wonder? Well, is there a more democratic space than a…Continue Reading “Democratic Coffee, Copenhagen”