Past roasters

Shipped in July. 2018

ORIGINAL BRAND roasted by LiLo COFFEE ROASTERS (Osaka)

Original Blend (Colombia & Ethiopia)

Country: Colombia, Ethiopia

Interview with Keita Nakamura of LiLo COFFEE ROASTERS

  1. Why did you choose this beans?

    We usually serve single origin coffee to our customers, but in some of the events we make a special blended coffee. For Roasted in Japan customers, I made a blend from Colombian and Ethiopian coffee which I like the most. Please enjoy!

  1. Do you have any recommended brewing methods?

    A pour over because you can enjoy well-balanced coffee. We use Hario V60 at our location.

    Dose: 15g
    Water: 220g(with 89℃)
    Total brewing time: 2’30

  2. Is there any advice to brew a great cup at home?
    I have 3 advises. First, grind the coffee just before you brew. Second, make sure to scale all the ingredients. Finally, to believe that you coffee is good!!!

  3. Please tell us about the shop story.
    Since our owner is a hair salon “LiLo in veve”, we’re named after that. The word “Lilo” means Live in Love and we wish we could live with lots of human engagement and could be a part of the community. Our location is quite small, but we have a lot of connection with our customers every day. We also wanted to make the shop small so that customers can enjoy coffee more easily.
  1. What kind of food do you think matches with this coffee?
    I’d prefer cakes which have acidity like cheese.
  1. Do you have any recommended roasters?

    Well, I can’t choose because they’re all good! The taste is going to change depends to each roasters, so please try to taste as many roasters as you can.

 

 

Guatemala roasted by G★P COFFEE ROASTER (Tokyo)

Country: Guatemala
Region: Antigua
Farm: La Cupura Farm
Variety: Bourbon
Processing: Washed
Roasting: City Roast

Interview with Gosuke Jitsu of G★P COFFEE ROASTER

  1. Why did you choose this beans?

    I loved the background this coffee has. Beautiful towns, joyful music, volcanic eruption. Guatemala has both positive and negative environment so I’d be happy if you imagine about the country and enjoy this coffee 

  1. Do you have any recommended brewing methods?

    Paper filter coffee, using 18gs of grinded dose and 170cc of water.

  1. Is there any advice to brew a great cup at home?
    Forget everything around you and relax yourself. Drip the coffee slowly, and that’s it.
  1. Please tell us about the shop story.
    We locate at a small community town, Hatsudai in Tokyo. Our policy is to brew a brilliant dark roasted coffee which has not just strong taste but also a sweet taste.

  2. What made you to decide to start roasting?
    Because I wanted to make my own taste of coffee and serve it to customers.

  3. What kind of food do you think matches with this coffee?
    Well, some nice music that you like!
  1. Do you have any recommended roasters?

    Ijiri Coffee in Osaka. Their experiences are so incredible and I can’t say with a word!!!

 

 

Shipped in June. 2018

CHOP WALKING BRAND roasted by CHOP COFFEE (Tokyo)

CHOP WALKING BRAND

Country: Colombia, Guatemala, Tanzania, Brazil

flavor & comment

Sweet, Full bodied

Interview with Miyuki Taya of CHOP COFFEE

  1. Why did you choose this beans?

    This blended coffee is one of our most popular beans. Please enjoy the sweetness and the body of this coffee.

  1. Do you have any recommended brewing methods?
    I’d recommend using KO-NO. Make sure you don’t rush while brewing your coffee!

  2. Please tell us about the shop story.
    We are a team of a coffee artists. What we think is that roasting and brewing coffee is like designing and creating new things and new ideas are the most important thing.
  1. What made you to decide to start roasting?
    Because I wanted to design new taste of coffee that nobody had tried.
  1. What kind of food do you think matches with this coffee?

    Nice breakfast!

  2. Do you have any recommended roasters?

    I recommend the ORIGINAL ROAST from Mel Coffee Roasters in Osaka.

 

 

ETHIOPIA Yirgacheffe Konga roasted by YAMADA COFFEE ISLAND (Amami Island)

ETHIOPIA Yirgacheffe Konga

Country: Ethiopia
Region: Yirgacheffe
Farm: Konga
Processing: Natural

flavor & comment

Strawberry, Rose, Passion fruits, Vanilla

Interview with Yamada of YAMADA COFFEE ISLAND

  1. Why did you choose this beans?

    An Ethiopian coffee has beautiful characters. Especially if you drink in iced coffee, the tropical flavor would come out and I think this flavor fits with our place Amami Island, which locates in southern part in Japan and has beautiful tropical natures.

  1. Do you have any recommended brewing methods?

    We recommend you a pour over brewing especially within ICED.
    Dose: 15g
    Beverage: 120cc
    Ice: 150g
    Brewing time: 2min

  1. Is there any advice to brew a great cup at home?
    All you need to consider is dosing amount, beverage amount, and brewing time. Just relax and enjoy your coffee time! 
  1. Please tell us about the shop story.
    My wife and I moved from Osaka to Amami Island about 5 years ago and renovate a fish market into this coffee shop. In Amami Island, we have a lot of tourists from around Japan and around the world so we wish we could be a part of their trip experience.
  1. What kind of food do you think matches with this coffee?

    If you want to feel comfortable I’d prefer chocolate scone, and I’d say weekend if you want some fresh things.

  2. Do you have any recommended roasters?

    Café saboroso in Osaka. The owner Mr. Hamasaki has been my great roasting teacher since I was in Osaka. I was impressed by their “Light Blend” made in front of the customers when they participate in coffee events.

 

 

Shipped in May. 2018

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe roasted by NAGASAWA COFFEE (Iwate)

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Washed G-1 Chelelektu

Country: Ethiopia
Region: Yirgacheffe
Farm: Chelelektu
Altitude: 1700-2000m
Processing: Washed

flavor & comment

Lemon, Floral

Interview with Kazuhiro Nagasawa of NAGASAWA COFFEE

  1. Why did you choose this beans?
    I’d visited Ethiopia last December and Chelelektu was one of the most beautiful place with good farms and environment such as washing station and most of all, I was impressed by people working there. This is why I thought I want to serve this coffee to customers as many as possible.
  1. Do you have any recommended brewing methods?
    According to our original method, we use Hario V60. Details are below.
    Dose: 18g (medium grind)
    Beverage: 200cc
    Brewing Time: 1min 30secs
  1. Is there any advice to brew a great cup at home?
    A boiled water may be too hot when you brew a cup of coffee. We think temperature between 88-90℃ works well, so we recommend you to put boiled water from pot to a kettle before you start dripping.
  1. Please tell us about the shop.
    We locate in Iwate, one of the prefecture damaged by huge earthquake in 2011. NAGASAWA started as a volunteer at disaster evacuation site. While we were brewing coffee for people there, we met many people with smile and a kind heart, and realized that coffee has a special power that can make people happy. This is why we opened our first location in2012, a year after the quake.
  1. What made you to decide to start roasting?
    Well, roasting was just one of my hobby first… However, after roasting for a while, I couldn’t finish this just as for hobby because it was too interesting! That’s why I started my own business with coffee.
  1. What kind of food do you think matches with this coffee?
    Baked pastries using yummy butter such as cookies are good with this coffee!

  2. Do you have any recommended roasters?
    When I visited San Francisco about 6 years ago, I was amazed by Ritual Coffee with its quality. They are becoming bigger day by day, but their quality doesn’t change at all. How amazing!

 

 

Colombia Yermy Pedraza  roasted by HOSHIKAWA CAFE (Saitama)

Colombia Yermy Pedraza

Country: Colombia
Region: NArino
Altitude: 1900m
Variety: Caturra
Processing: Fully Washed

flavor & comment

Candy, Passion Fruit, Mango

Interview with Yosuke Suzuki of HOSHIKAWA CAFE

  1. Why did you choose this beans?
    Because I was surprised by the sweetness this coffee has when I’d attend a cupping at Nordic Approach few weeks ago. 
  1. Do you have any recommended brewing methods?

    Using paper filter or French press, either one is fine!

  1. Please tell us about the shop story.
    Our shop name HOSHIKAWA is named by a river called Hoshikawa in our city. Our mission is to provide people a simple, good tasted coffee that you would think you want to have it every day, with high hospitality. 
  1. What made you to decide to start roasting?
    The reason I start roasting is, when I start purchasing green beans from Norway supported by Fuglen, I strongly thought I want to be able to serve fresh light roasted coffee which I was inspired by in Scandinavian Countries.
  1. What do you think matches with this coffee?
    I think a little coffee break while you having a nice walk!

  2. Do you have any recommended roasters?
    I’d love to, but…! There are too many good roasters and I can’t decide. 

 

 

Shipped in April. 2018

Costa Rica San Pedro roasted by 4/4 SEASONS COFFEE (Tokyo)

Variety: Catuai
Processing: White Honey
Location: Tarrazu
Altitude: 1600-1700m
Farmers: Andres Urena Monge 

flavor & comment

Cashew nut, Muscat

Interview with Jun Saito of 4/4 SEASONS COFFEE

  1. Why did you choose this beans?
    Of course the beans itself have great potential, but in addition, this beans and our roasting machine DIEDRICH are in good combination. You can definitely enjoy our unique coffee.
  1. Do you have any recommended brewing methods?
    We recommend to brew in pour over. And make sure to age the beans about 10 days.
  1. Is there any advice to brew a great cup at home?
    What we think is that you should try to use timers and scales when you drip every time. At our shop, we don’t mix coffee using spoons nor make a circle when we pour water while brewing. So that each time we brew, the brewing method won’t change.
  1. Please tell us about the shop.
    I was wondering if we can make coffee as a culture. As we have 4 seasons here in Japan, and since this is our valuable culture, we named after that. Our logo shows the scene of coffee dripping. Our mission is to make inspired coffee more casual.
  1. What made you to decide to start roasting?
    Because I wanted to make our own taste.
  1. What kind of food do you think matches with this coffee?
    I recommend you to have with plain cookies.
  2. Do you have any recommended roasters?
    Koppi in Sweden. I think they roast very clean coffee with original characteristic taste of each coffee beans.

 

 

Kenya Karani roasted by THE ROASTERS (Wakayama)

Region: Kirinyaga
Farm: Gabare Farm
Altitude: 1700-1800m
Variety: SL28/SL34
Processing: Washed

Interview with Jinko Kamiya of THE ROASTERS

  1. Why did you choose this beans?
    I was inspired by Kenya’s spicy and complex aroma, and I just loved smooth and rich flavor especially this pea berry beans has.Can you tell us your recommended recipe?
  1. Do you have any recommended brewing methods?

    We recommend you to drip in low temperature hot water using Hario V60.
    Dose: 20g (grind a little coarsely)
    Beverage: 200cc
    Water Temperature: about 85℃

  1. Is there any advice to brew a great cup at home?
    To say the truth, we’d recommend you to use your grinder and grind beans just before you drip. We told you our recipe, but please try to change this recipe so that you can have the cup you prefer. For example, if you think the cup is to bitter you should reduce dosing or lower the water temperature. Please enjoy the time while you dripping and have yourself an original cup.
  1. Please tell us about the shop story.
    Our home location, Wakayama is famous for producing mandarin orange and the store used to be a garage for oranges. With lovely natures, we proudly roasting coffee and try to make a change day by day. The logo is designed by Masashi Murakami, one of our friends working as a designer. We love our packages designed by him as well.
  1. What made you to decide to start roasting?
    Well, I was inspired by Ms. Ichizawa Miyuki from Agri Coffee in Fukushima Japan. At the time when I first met her, I’d just became a mother and her story of becoming roaster after she had 3 kids, I suddenly thought I want to be like her.

  2. What kind of food do you think matches with this coffee?
    You may think it’s little unique but we think hamburgers and hotdogs tastes well with this coffee.

  3. Do you have any recommended roasters?
    Mr. Kaneko from weekenders coffee in Kyoto because he gave us a lot of advices when we first started roasting in our location. His coffee always have unique flavors and well balanced. We respect him so much.

 

 

Shipped in March. 2018

Ethiopia Alaka washed roasted by Glitch Coffee&Roasters (Tokyo)

Name: Ethiopia Alaka
Country: Ethiopia
Region: Hambela/Wamna Kebele, Guji Zone, SNNPR
Variety: Native Typica
Altitude: 1,900 - 2,300m
Processing: Washed
Roasted on: 

flavor & comment

Dry orange, Lime, Brack tea, Bergamot, Floral, Improve

Interview with Kiyokazu Suzuki of Glitch Coffee&Roasters

  1. Can you tell us your recommended recipe?
    Dose: 16.5g
    Water temperature: 86
    Brewing time: 3 min
  1. Can you tell us any points to brew a great cup at home?
    Well, I think it’s important to scale all the ingredients.
  1. Please tell us about your shop.
    Our shop is located in one of the areas that has traditional Japanese “kissaten” culture in Tokyo. We’re proudly serving high quality single origin coffee to our customers.
  1. What made you to start roasting?
    To provide valuable coffee to people.
  1. Can you introduce any pairing food for this coffee?
    Well, I recommend you to enjoy the cup itself.
  1. Please tell us your recommended roaster in Japan.
    CAFÉ DE L’AMBRE in Ginza, Tokyo. Their atmosphere and their long history is just great!

 

 

Costa Rica David Urena roasted by Cafe Fujinuma (Tochigi)

Name: Costa Rica David Urena
Country: Costa Rica
Farm: Finca Lupe
V: Esmeralda Farm
Altitude: 1,870m
Variety: Catuai
Processing: Natural

Interview with Eisuke Fujinuma of Cafe Fujinuma

  1. Why did you choose this beans?
    I was wondering if I can send you a unique coffee. That’s why I chose natural coffee taste like berry and red wine.
  1. Can you tell us your recommended recipe?
    We recommend you to brew using Aeropress but pour over makes a great cup as well!
    Dose: 14g
    Water Temperature: 85
    Water: 210g
  1. Please tell us about your shop.
    We located in a city called Oyama, in Tochigi Prefecture and we have two shops, one is a café, and the other one is a roaster. We used to own just a roaster shop with my parents, however because of my father’s illness we changed our business style and made a new café. Our shop logo shows three Mt.Fuji which is the biggest mountain in Japan. My father, my mother and I wanted to be a strong team that can make our community stronger through coffee business like Mt.Fuji so we made after that.

    It’s been almost 5 years since we started our business. Thanks to our customers, our business is becoming bigger and bigger. I wish Oyama would be more famous and have more people and hopefully, we can be a part of that community.
  1. Can you introduce any pairing food for this coffee?
    We recommend you to have our coffee with some pound cakes using berries and a piece of plain scone.
  1. Please tell us your recommended roaster in Japan.
    There are so many great coffee roasters in Japan so it’s very hard to pick just one of them… but if I have to, I’d say K COFFEE from Nara Prefecture is the best for me. This is because the owner’s personality is so good and loved by local customers. Even though the place is far from our location, I always get inspired by him.

 

 

Shipped in February. 2018

Lady Brown roasted by Life Size Cribe (Tokyo)

Name: Lady Brown (Original Blend)
Country: Ethiopia, Brazil
Region: Yirgachefe (Ethiopia) / Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Processing: Natural (Ethiopia/ Brazil)

flavor & comment

Berry, Red Wine, Almond, Floral, Balanced, Smooth

Interview with Kazuki Yoshida of Life Size Tribe

  1. Why did you choose this beans?
    This blend is our original blend which we proudly serve to our customers since I opened the store few years ago. You can enjoy wonderful taste of Lady Brown with any style, filter, espresso, or even with milk coffee. Please have yourself a cup anytime, anywhere! It combines well with some foods and pastries too.

  2. Do you have any recommended brewing methods?
    Any brewing method is ok, you can have well-balanced, taste like berry and almond. But I’d prefer to brew with paper filter using water about 75℃-80℃ high.

  3. Please tell us about the shop story.
    Life Size Cribe is located in Kokubunji-City, the western side of Tokyo which has a lot of nature and a calm, slow life. I wanted all of our customers enjoy their time with their “Life Size” at our shop (“Cribe”= your own secret place) including families, students, and seniors.

Panama La Esmeralda Diamond Mountain by hazeru coffee (Toyama)

Name: Panama La Esmeralda Diamond Mountain
Country: Panama
Region: Chiriquí Province
Farm: Esmeralda Farm
Altitude: 1400m
Variety: Typica, Bourbon, and Catuai
Processing: Fully-washed
Producer: Peterson Family 

Interview with Toyohisa Kubota of hazeru coffee

  1. Why did you choose this beans?
    Well, Esmeralda Farm is famous for making Geisha which is known as an expensive beans and made famous by them. However, they grow high quality coffee with other varieties not just Geisha, so I wanted to introduce them to our customers. This beans is very popular among our royal customers and many of them love drinking this coffee as a daily cup. I wish you enjoy this coffee!

  2. Do you have any recommended brewing methods?

    We recommend to brew a clean and smooth cup using Hario V60.
    Dose: 13.5g
    Hot Water: 210g
    Temperature: 90℃
    Brewing Time: About 2’30 seconds

  3. Is there any advice to brew a great cup at home?

    We think to scale all the ingredients such as grinded beans, hot water, and brewing time as well, is the most important thing you should do when you want to have a great cup.

  4. Please tell us about the shop story.
    I used to work at one of the coffee chain store, and I became interested in roasting process of coffee, how it is roasted, how the flavor changes by roasting and about aging and so on… This is why I became a roaster. Our store name came from the roasting process as well. When we roast coffee beans, the smell and the flavor pops out from the beans at some point, and this is called “hazeru” in Japanese and we named after this. You can imagine “hazeru” from our shop logo too.

  5. What kind of food do you think matches with this coffee?
    Fruits tarts using citrus, Japanese traditional sweets, and some chocolates from Minimal (Chocolate Company from Japan)!

  6. Do you have any recommended roasters?

    The Cupping Room from Hong Kong! Because the Geisha village from Ethiopia I had last year was extremely good!!!!

Shipped in January. 2018

Maroyaka Blend roasted by SUIREN+CoffeeRoaster (Hiroshima)

Maroyaka Blend (“Maroyaka” means it has smooth mouthfeel in Japanese.)
 Medium Roast (City Roast)
 Ethiopia  Yirgacheffe   Medium Roast (City Roast)
 Guatemala Antigua    Medium Roast (City Roast)
 Colombia Sun Agustin  Medium Roast (City Roast)
 Brazil Minas Gerais  Medium Roast (City Roast)

 

flavor & comment

Bright taste with sweet flavor, and the taste of dark chocolate. Please enjoy smooth mouthfeel and rich texture.

 

Interview with Katsuhiro Andoh of SUIREN+CoffeeRoaster

  1. Why did you choose this beans?
    This blended coffee was born in 2007 when we first opened our store in Hiroshima. This blend has been very popular more than 10 years so we wanted to share with many customers.

  2. Is there any advice to brew great cup with this Maroyaka Blend?
    We recommend you to use paper filter with 15g of ground coffee, 230cc of hot water, and brew within 2min30sec. Please use fresh coffee as possible.

  3. Please tell us about your shop story.
    We used to have a location inside of traditional Japanese garden and you could enjoy the beautiful scenery of the water lilies in front of the pond. SUIREN means water lily in Japanese so we named after that so that people can have a great time with our coffee and the beautiful nature. Also talking about our mission, we've met incredible coffee in Laos about 6 years ago. So we think our mission now is to make "Laos Tipica" with local people and spread our thoughts.

  4. Do you have any recommended roasters?
    I would recommend VENGA! COFFEE in Fukui City, and the reason is..... Because they're just so nice people!! 

 

Guatemala Pena Roja by WOODBERRY COFFEE ROASTERS (Tokyo)

country : guatemala
region : huehuetenango
farm : small farmers
corp : pena roja
altitude : 1,400 - 1,800m
varietals : bourbon, caturra
process : fullywashed
roast temp : 215℃

 

flavor & comment

chocolate, floral, almond

 

Interview with Yuya Iwasaki of TAKAMURA COFFEE ROASTERS

  1. Why did you choose this beans?
    When we make our blended coffee, we always try to use a Guatemalan coffee to make the blend well balanced, so buying process is very important for us especially a crop from Guatemala. Pena Roja is one of our best coffee we have this year so we wanted to share this rich flavor with many customers.

  2. Is there any advice to brew great cup with this Pena Roja?
    We recommend you to use V60 and use 60g of medium grind coffee with 1L of hot water (about 90℃). The most important thing is to scale all of the ingredients. We recommend you to do this all the time even though if you use coffee machine as well.

  3. Please tell us about your shop story.
    We opened our first location in 2012 in Yoga, Tokyo where our owner grown up we are introducing some of the best specialty coffee around the world. We just not sell coffee but also buying fresh green beans, roasting, and brewing as well. Now we have 3 locations all together in the center of Tokyo and we hope to become the local community and be with our customers all the time. 

  4. Do you have any recommended roasters?
    I’d recommend Mr. Hatakeyama from Bespoke Coffee Roasters. He hasn’t start his own location yet, but he work with his online shop and most of all, we always work together before the competitions. He started to teach coffee at many seminars so I’ll recommend you to join some!

  

 


 

Shipped in December. 2017

HIBI COFFEE blend roasted by HIBI COFFEE (Kyoto)

HIBI COFFEE BLEND (Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Indonesia) 

Interview with Hironori Chihara of HIBI COFFEE

  1. Why did you choose this beans?
    At HIBI COFFEE, we always have variety kinds of unique specialty coffee, but the reason we chose this blend is because we want you to taste this well balanced coffee, so that you’d think you want to drink this cup every day.

  2. Is there any advice to brew great cup with this HIBI Blend?
    When you brew coffee at home, we recommend you to grind your beans before brewing. Also to brew 2 cups at one time so that the aroma is going to be richer.

  3. Please tell us about your shop story.
    “HIBI” is a Japanese word which means “Daily”. I was wondering if people can enjoy our coffee “daily” and make their life happier. My wife designed our logo which is a drawing of me myself. I wanted people to imagine by whom the coffee they’re drinking was made.

  4. What made you to be a coffee roaster?
    Well, 5 years ago, I noticed that we can enjoy the fresh coffee as soon as the beans are roasted and this is the best time to brew a perfect cup.

  5. What kind of food do you think it fits with this coffee?
    We recommend you to enjoy our coffee with some baked pastries. Actually, we’re planning to make our business bigger with some good coffee with good pastries. Don’t miss it!!

  6. Do you have any recommended roasters?
    Well. I recommend roasters based in Kyoto which is our area. Kyoto is a city with a lot of artisan people, not just coffee but also in many field. But I can’t just choose one of them, they’re all….just awesome.

 

 

Nicaragua Maragogype AAA by BEYOND COFFEE ROASTERS (Hyogo)

Country:Nicaragua
Region:Dipilto en Departamento de Nueva Segovia
Altitude:1,250 - 1,500m
Variety:Maragogype
Crop:2016 - 17
Process:Fully washed
Roast level:Medium roast

 

flavor & comment

Grapefruits, Vanilla, Long aftertaste

 

Interview with Yuya Iwasaki of TAKAMURA COFFEE ROASTERS

  1. Is there any advice to brew great cup with this coffee?
    Use good grinder if possible! Brewing method is up to what kind of coffee you prefer, but we recommend to use high quality grinder so that you can use it for a long time.

  2. Please tell us about your shop story.
    We think that being part of the community is very important but at the same time, working with the global is also important in our international society. Coffee has a huge potential in global market not just a drink itself but also in many ways such as coffee liqueur. To make our thoughts become true, we named our store “Beyond Coffee Roasters”.

  3. What made you to be a coffee roaster?
    Well, I wanted to be involved in all process, from the seed to cup. I’m thinking being a roaster is just a part of it.

  

 


 

Shipped in November. 2017

Aricha Ethiopia roasted by UNLIMITED COFFEE ROASTERS (Tokyo)

Country:Ethiopia
Region:Yirgacheffe
Station:Aricha
Elevation:1600-2000m
Process:Natural
Variety:Heirloom

flavor & comment 

Red berries, red grape, long sweet finish

 

Interview with Daichi Matsubara of UNLIMITED COFFEE ROASTERS

        1. Why did you choose this beans? Please tell us if you have any stories together.
          This Aricha is produced by a slow drying method. Normally it would take only 10 days, where this one takes a long 20 days, which is the reason of this powerful sweetness.
          Also, a typical Ethiopia Natural has a strong fermentation smell, which might be too much for some people. However, this Aricha has a very clean taste, thanks to the careful hand-picking and quality control at the washing station.

        2. How do you reccomend to brew it? Could you share us your recipes?
          Drip coffee and cappuchino.
          For drip coffee, keep the ratio coffee:water=1:15.
          For the cappucchino, my recommendation is espresso:milk=1:4.

        3. Give us some tips to enjoy coffee at home.
          To pull out the most flavour out of the Aricha, please grind the coffee beans right before you brew, and it is recommended to use fresh beans, ideally 3 weeks within roasting.

        4. What is your shop (UNLIMITED COFFEE ROASTERS) like?
          Our mission is to serve a wonderful coffee experience to the customers, by professional baristas.
          We have a variety of original drinks which make the best use of single origin coffee as well as cocktails that you might not see often in Japan.
          Feel the unlimited possibility of the world of specialty coffee and the job of baristas at our store.

        5. What do you think pairs best with this coffee?
          Dried fruits like raisins, or single origin cacao chocolates.

        6. Which other roasters would you recommend, and why?
          Carrboro Coffee Roasters (NC/USA), Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters (CO/USA),
          because the are good at roasting in a way that perfectly brings out the sweetness of specialty coffee.

 

 

Brazil Sitio Serra roasted by TAKAMURA COFFEE ROASTERS (Osaka)

Location: Brazil
Elevation: 1,300m
Variety: Catuai
Process: Natural

The sweet scent of chocolate and honey, the freshness of lemongrass.
Clear, citric acidity of lemon and grapefruit,
and the round and sweet aftertaste of mandarin and milk chocolate.
Enjoy the complex and rich flavor, just like carefully made Bordeaux wine.

flavor & comment

Chocolate, Wine, Citrus

 

Interview with Yuya Iwasaki of TAKAMURA COFFEE ROASTERS

          1. Why did you choose this beans? Please tell us if you have any stories together.
            I attended the Cup Of Excellence in Brazil this year and surprised by the bright, citric acidity and complex flavor like wine.
            This made me choose nothing else but Brazil.

          2. How do you recommend to brew it? Could you share us your recipes?
            Use the Hario V60, 16g of coffee beans, 220cc of water, and aim around 1m30s to brew.
            This is a very basic recipe.

          3. Give us some tips to enjoy coffee at home.
            Make it for your family.

          4. What is your shop (TAKAMURA COFFEE ROASTERS) like?
            We mainly handle beans from the Cup Of Excellence.
            Through those beans, we wish to deliver the heart and passion of the terroirs and farms.
            Also, that coffee is not difficult.
            We hope more people enjoy it simply.

          5. What do you think pairs best with this coffee?
            Madeline.

 

 


Shipped in October. 2017

Ethiopia Kello #3 roasted by WEEKENDERS COFFEE (Kyoto)

Location:Kochere, Yirgacheffe
Variety:Heirloom
Process:Fully Washed
Altitude:1,900m

 

flavor & comment 

Floral, Bergamot, Passionfruit, Caramel, Sweetness

 

Interview with Masahiro Kaneko of WEEKENDERS COFFEE

        1. How do you recommend to brew? Could you share us your recipe?
          15g of beans, 250g of water.
          First rinse the paper filter, set 15g of coffee beans, and pour 40g of water.
          Stir about 5 times with a spoon, and when the timer gets around 45s (from the beggining), pour rest of the 210g water in 4-5 times.
          Stir again with the spoon, and wait until all the coffee drips down.

        2. What is your shop (WEEKENDERS COFFEE) like? (Origin of the name, about the logo, mission, etc.)
          Our goal is to build a new coffee culture in Kyoto, where the classical cafe culture is deeply rooted.
          We cut off all the extra things, just to tell what we really care about. Our simple space is only for concentrating on coffee.

 

 

Kimama Kenya roasted by COFFEE WRIGHTS (Tokyo)

Producer : Kimama Farmers Cooperative 
Region : Chapatis District, Bungoma Country
Elevation : 1,800 - 2,000m
Variety : SL28, SL34, and Ruiru 11
Process : Fully Washed

 

flavor & comment

Complex like Blood Orange, Blackcurrant, Matcha and Caramel

 

Interview with Yuki Muneshima of COFFEE WRIGHTS

        1. Why did you choose this beans? Please tell us if you have any stories.
          I chose this Kimama because I thought many people - those who like light roast coffee of course but also those who are not familiar with the acidity as well - could enjoy the sweetness of cassis, blood oranges, and caramel, and the soft after taste of matcha. 

        2. How do you recommend to brew? Could you share us your recipe?
          At our store, we hand-drip the coffee with Kalita Wave Drippers.
          16g of coffee, and 250g of water in total. First pour 30g of water, stir a bit and pour in the rest in 45 seconds. You should be finishing pouring the water in 1m 50s, and all the coffee should drip down in around 2m 30s. This recipe will make the coffee clean and transparent.

        3. Please tell us tips when brewing coffee at home.
          Even it would depend on equipments and roast levels, basically your coffee should be fine if you keep the ratio of 6g of coffee beans to 100g of water.
          Make sure to weigh everything, adjust your grind depending on your equipment, and follow the recipe above!
          If it’s too strong or weak, it would be easy to adjust the grind level or the amount of coffee beans you are using.

        4. What is your shop (COFFEE WRIGHTS) like? (Origin of the name, about the logo, mission, etc.)
          Coffee Wrights, means “a person that makes coffee”. We even consider people that buys our coffee beans as one of the “coffee wrights”, which is a reason we produce coffee beans that would be delicious at home as well. At our store, we also have workshops and public cupping so that many people can learn and understand more about coffee. We aim to be a very open and casual store, where anyone could feel free to ask anything about coffee.

        5. Why did you start roasting?
          I had been working as a barista for a long time, but as woking at a cafe with a roaster, I gradually got interested to roasting.
          I even joined seminars that many roasters in New Zealand gathered, without ANY experience!
          That passion stayed in me even after I came back to Japan, and I got the chance to try roasting at the shop I got hired.

        6. What do you think is the best match for this coffee?
          Mizu-yokan. The watery texture, richness and sweetness goes perfect with the flavours and body of Kimama.

        7. Where other roasters do you recommend? Please tell us the reason together.
          Switch Coffee Tokyo and Single O. You can see the actual faces of the roasters, and either of them kindly explains from brewing to details of the beans right in front of you. Every kind of coffee they have is really really good.

  

 


Shipped in September. 2017

Ethiopia Guji Gigesa Grade 1 roasted by CRAFTSMAN COFFEE ROASTERS (Yamaguchi)

Region:Gigesa, Shakiso, Ethiopia
Farm:Gigesa WS
Variety:Ethiopian
Altitude:1,800m-1,950m
Process:Fully Washed

 

flavor & comment 

Tropical fruit, Floral, burnt sugar, chocolate, fruity

 

Interview with Shogo Takagi of CRAFTSMAN COFFEE ROASTERS

        1. Why did you pick the Ethiopian beans this time?
          Coffee from this region is still uncommon in Japan, but all of our staffs love the flavour. I thought the fruity tropical fruit taste and the sweetness would be perfect for drip coffee.

        2. How would you recommend to brew?
          If to say, drip by V60, but the fruitiness and sweetness would come right into your cup, basically by any dripper. 15g of powder coffee (ground a bit finer than usual) and 250ml water would be the perfect balance.

        3. Tell us some tips when brewing coffee at home.
          Not to make the water too hot. Use rather-cool water, and drip slowly.

        4. What’s the best match for this coffee?
          I’d say cakes with custards or whipped cream.

        5. How is your shop (CRAFTSMAN COFFEE ROASTERS) like?
          As the shop name “CRAFTSMAN”, we aim to be a professional of making coffee, and also a professional of service, making atmosphere, and creating a new culture in our town. We thinkBi that’s our mission, as one “CRAFTSMAN”. The letters in our shop logo is original, the only one in the world. Big appreciations to the designer.
          We aren’t managing coffee, but will manage the town, by coffee.

        6. Why did you start roasting?
          Because I though it was something necessary in order to control the quality within our selves.

        7. Which other roaster is your favorite?
          I recommend AND COFFEE ROASTERS and TRUNK COFFEE. We were all surprised because the actual flavours and the cupping notes were exactly same. You know, not everybody gets different flavours, even if we know what it should taste like.

Taste 

ACIDITY ★★★★☆
SWEETNES ★★★★★
BODY ★☆☆
BITTER ★☆☆

 

Coffee memo by Daikichi Kawazumi (THE LOCAL) 

Bright and fruity - a typical Ethiopia flavor. Elegant sweetness of burnt caramel. 

 

Kenya AA Karatu roasted by 27 COFFEE ROASTERS (Kanagawa)

Producer / Karatu Coffee Factory
Farm / Various
Region / Thick District, Gatundu
Altitude / 1,900 masl
Process / Fully Washed
Varietal / SL 28, SL 34

Karatu Coffee Factory is placed at Thika region, center of Ndarugu of Gatunduk, close to Gatundu city.
Founded on 1965, they own a total of 11 acres in Karatu, Gitwe, Kibiru, and Kigaa.
They recently work together with Gitwe Famers Co-operative Society Ltd., and has a member of 800 people.

 

flavor & comment

Floral, Black currant, Prune, Lime, Molasses

 

Interview with Ryosuke Hamajima of 27 COFFEE ROASTERS

        1. Why did you pick the Kenyan beans this time?
          It was the best out of all the lots which our owner brought back from Kenya.

        2. How would you recommend to brew?
          For this coffee, we made it light-roast to bring out the clear acidity.
          It’ll inspire you both in filter or espresso.


          【Brewing Guide】
          Equipment:HARIO V60 (01)
          Water temperature:95℃
          Beans: 16g 
          Grind:Middle-fine
          Water amount:240ml (Pour 280ml)
          Brew time:1m58s

          In first pour, pour in 50ml water, and then stir as breaking the wall from all directions.
          Pour a total of 230ml in the second to fourth pour.
          Take off the dripper from server before all the water drips down,

        3. Tell us some tips when brewing coffee at home.
          Follow our recipe!

        4. What’s the best match for this coffee?
          I suppose pound-cakes of oranges or lemon.

        5. How is your shop (27 COFFEE ROASTERS) like?
          ・Where our shop name come from
           Originally, we started a home-roasting coffee store in 1997, as Kasai Coffee.
          5 years ago, we renewed our store name to “27 COFFEE ROASTERS”. “27” is the lucky number of our owner, which was the very first uniform number he got when he was playing baseball in his childhood days. Fully restarting our business under the theme “back to origins” describes our determination to be brand-new as one professional coffee shop.

          ・The secret of the logo
           The motif of our logo is the containers the coffee is loaded. We chose this to describe our owners dream, to one day be able to import coffee in containers, like big roasters around the world. This year we actually archived this goal, by bringing one whole container from Honduras.

          ・Our mission
           Related above, we operate a mission program called the ONE CONTAINER MISSION:
           http://27coffee.jp/blog-cat/presentation

        6. Why did you start roasting?
          For my living…
           http://27coffee.jp/interview

        7. Which other roaster is your favourite?
          Amameria Espresso. They are working very hard.

Taste 

ACIDITY ★☆
SWEETNES ★☆
BODY ☆☆
BITTER ☆☆☆☆

 

Coffee memo by Daikichi Kawazumi (THE LOCAL) 

 Rich and juicy acidity. Fresh,  but gentle sweetness, with a smooth and soft mouthfeel.

 

 

 


Shipped in July. 2017

RWANDA SIMBI CWS roasted by OKINAWA CERRADO COFFEE (Okinawa)

Region: Huya, Southern Province, Rwanda
Wet mill: Simbi CWS
Producer: Havugimana Jean damascene
Elevation: 1,800m
Varietal: Bourbon
Process: Free washed

 

Flavour & Comment

Orange, Floral, Lemon, Brown Sugar, Black Tea, Juicy,Velvet mouthfeel

 

Interview with  Narihito Sueyoshi of OKINAWA CERRADO COFFEE

        1. Why did you choose the beans from Rwanda?
          Not much stories, but this SIMBI CWS was the first Rwanda beans for us to use which hadn’t been chosen as Cup of Excellence. Even not prize winning, it has a magnificent flowery taste as well as thickness which features the beans of Rwanda.

        2. How would you recommend to brew?
          It’ll be nice to have it iced in this season.

          Recipe (paper drip):
          Powder beans - 30g (medium ground)
          Hot water (95℃) - 500cc
          Dripper - Kalita Wave is recommended
          Coffee Server
          and a drip scale if you have one.

          1) Rinse the filter and then put the powder beans inside.
          2) Pour 50 grams of water and wait for 45 seconds to bloom.
          3) Pour 50 grams of water in 15 seconds. Keep pouring to step 4.
          4) Pour 250 grams of water in 20 seconds. Your scale will reach 350g at the end.
          5) Take off the dripper at the point where coffee for 2 cups (About 240cc. It should be indicated on the server).
          6) Fill your glass with ice, and pour the coffee into it. A glass of nice, cool coffee is ready now!

          (With this recipe, the coffee will be a bit thick, assuming it to be served with ice.)

          If you want a hot cup, use 20 grams of powder beans and change the amount of water: 40 grams in 2), 60 grams in 3) and 230 grams in 4). The total amount will be 330 grams.

        3. Tell us the tips of making coffee at home!
          Follow the recipe above, but people tend to be too nervous when they brew at home. Drop your shoulders and relax.  
          It’s easier to find what was good and what was bad about your coffee when you are more relaxed.


        4. What do you think pairs best with this coffee?
          Tarts, with lots of summer fruits, like pineapples or mangoes. The sweetness of the coffee and the fruit pulls out each other, and you will find it even sweeter.

        5. How is this store, OKINAWA CERRADO COFFEE?
          They used to be a roaster focusing only on wholesale. Now they also have a beans store “OKINAWA CERRADO COFFEE BeansStore” right next to their roaster, and is sharing how wonderful the work of the producers of speciality coffee is, as well as helping out customers to find their favourite coffee.

        6. Why did you start roasting?
          My dad, who is also the owner of OKINAWA CERRADO COFFEE, influenced me.

        7. Which roaster is your favourite?
          COFFEE COUNTY, from Kurume-shi, Fukuoka. They taught me how important it is to share who and how the producers are, together with the beautiful taste.

Taste 

ACIDITY
★★★★
SWEETNES
★★★
BODY
★★☆☆
BITTER
★☆☆☆☆

 

 

Brazil Corrego Bom Destino roasted by ONIYANMA COFFEE (Hokkaido)

Region: Marechal Floriano, Espirito Santo, Brazil
Producer: Corrego Bom Destino
Varietal: Catuai
Process: Pulped Natural

Corrego Bom Destino used to be a small scale farm using traditional methods in producing coffee, until one day his son suggested to shift to growing specialty coffee with quality. This region of Esparto Santo was typical of small-scaled producers, but these farmers have shifted to make specialty coffee in the past few years. It is one of the hottest coffee producing areas now: many buyers around the world are paying attention to this area, and is also planned to be the host of COE 2017.

 

Flavour & Comment

A complex flavour of ripe apricot & passion fruit, acidity with sweetness, and good mouthfeel. There might not be an outstanding flavour, but surprisingly tasty as coffee of Brazil.

 

Interview with Kazuo Yano of ONIYANMA COFFEE

        1. Why did you choose this coffee (Brazil)?
          Because this one has a different flavour from a typical Brazil coffee.

        2. How would you recommend to brew?
          With a cores Gold Filter. Don’t forget to wait for it to bloom for 30 seconds.

        3. Tell us the tips of making coffee at home!
          To use beans that are fresh grinded.

        4. What do you think pairs best with this coffee?
          Milk chocolate.

        5. How is this store, ONIYANMA COFFEE?
          ONIYANMA is the biggest of all the dragonflies. In Japan, dragonflies are believed to be something that brings victory. From its habit that never flies backwards, it is said to represent the spirit of unwavering, and the samurais often used it as a symbol on their armours and swords as decoration. The tradition of being a symbol of victory started from a Japanese poem, first read by Emperor Yuryaku. The ONIYANMA is also called the EZOYANMA, and it’s origin is Hokkaido. This is the background of the name of the store.

        6. Why did you start roasting?
          As one coffee person, I thought roasting was necessary for moving to the next stage.
        7. Which roaster is your favourite?
          Glitch Coffee and Roasters. Their flavour is a total revolutionary in the coffee industry, and I believe Mr.Suzuki is a complete new-styler.

Taste 

ACIDITY
★★★
SWEETNES
★★★
BODY
★★
BITTER
☆☆☆

 

 

 


Shipped in June. 2017

AROMAS DEL SUR COLOMBIA roasted by PASSAGE COFFEE (Tokyo)

Area: Huila 
Process: Fully Washed
Variety: Castillo, Catuai
Altitude: 1,400-1,900m
Flavor: Green apple, Caramel, Tropical fruit, Jasmine
Roasted on June 5, 2017

Taste 

ACIDITY
★★★★☆
SWEETNES
★★★☆
BODY
★★☆☆
BITTER
★☆☆☆☆

Interview with Shuichi Sasaki of PASSAGE COFFEE

        1. Why did you choose the beans from Columbia?
          “Aromas del Sur” is a team focusing on the potential of growing speciality coffee of the city Palestine Huila. It changed my image of Columbian coffee when I first tried it few years ago. The flavors of plum, green apple, the beautiful acidity of grapefruits and the clean cup made me think it was Kenyan beans.

        2. How do you recommend to have it?
          Filter, like drip coffee or aeropress.

        3. Tell us the tips of making better coffee at home!
          Get up 10 minutes earlier and brew every day. Try making it better than the day before.

        4. What’s the best buddy for coffee?
          If it’s something to eat, orange pound cakes.

        5. How would you describe “PASSAGE COFFEE” ?
          “PASSAGE” means a route or course that people pass or travel. Coffee beans come from various parts of the world, as well as roasters and baristas that experienced different courses of life. I wish people to pass by “PASSAGE COFFEE” somewhere in the course of their day, and make coffee something necessary in daily life.

        6. Why did you start roasting?
          When I became a barista in my former job (at Paul Bassett), I started to want to engage to all the steps that make the taste of coffee.

 

COSTA RICA, LA PIKADO, GOLDEN HONEY roasted by ROKUMEI COFFEE (Nara)

Farm: La Pastora 
Planter: Mainoru Esquivel Pikado
Process: Golden Honey
Altitude: 1,780-2,000m
Flavor: Orange, Honey, Brown Sugar
Roasted on June 6, 2017

taste

ACIDITY ★★★★☆
SWEETNES ★★★★☆
BODY ★★☆☆☆
BITTER ★☆☆☆☆

 

Interview with Koji Ida of ROKUMEI COFFEE

        1. Why did you choose the beans from Costa Rica this time?
          I believe the fascinating point of specialty coffee is the sweetness and the cleanness. This Pastora doesn’t have such flavour that stands out, but you can enjoy the sweetness of honey and the beautiful clean cup. Even for people who don’t prefer light roasted beans, I would recommend this.

        2. How do you recommend to have it?
          It goes good either V60 and french press. V60: 17g of beans and 250cc of hot water. Brew for 30 seconds and drip in 2 minutes, in 3 pours. French press: 15g of beans and 250cc of hot water, brew for 4 minutes.

        3. Tell us the tips of making better coffee at home!
          Be aware of the temperature of the water. Keep it above 90℃.

        4. What’s the best buddy for coffee?
          Personally, I think it’s Japanese sweets.

        5. How would you describe “ROKUMEI COFFEE” ?
          ROKUMEI COFFEE CO, is a roaster that only handles high-quality specialty coffee beans. We installed the rolling smart roaster, and produce clean and sweet coffee. Our mission is to spread happiness through specialty coffee. We want to realise the happiness of every one person that engage “from seed to cup”.

          【The origin of the name “ROKUMEI COFFEE CO.”】 “ROKUMEI” means “crying deers”, which comes from a classic poem of China. It describes the deers’ peaceful living, crying at each other and enjoying mugwort in the field. The deers in the Nara prefecture are loved by people too, and makes the visitor’s mind peaceful. We wanted the shop to become a place where someone calls the another, and named it this way.

        6. Why did you start roasting?
          To be honest, first I thought house-roasting will make the beans sell more! But once I started, I’m addicted to the difficulty and fun of roasting.

 

 


Shipped in May. 2017

Yirgacheffe, Konga Sede, Ethiopia roasted by AMAMERIA ESPRESSO (Tokyo)

Region: Yirgacheffe
Variety: Ethiopia heirloom
Process: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1,900-2,100m
Flavor: sweet lemon, muscat, green apple, jasmine, earl grey, syrupy mouthfeel
Roasted on May 4, 2017

El Retiro, El Salvador by ELMERS GREEN (Osaka)

Region: Chalchuapa, Santa ana
Variety: Bourbon
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1,400m
Producer: Alvarez Family
Flavor: cacao, milk chocolate, vanilla
Roasted on May 7, 2017


Shipped in Apr. 2017

Mibirizi Natural BURUNDI roasted by COFFEE COUNTY (Fukuoka)

Grown by: Mibirizi CWS
Region: Kayanza
Growing Alt: 1,900m
Variety: Bourbon
Process: Natural
Flavor: Guava, Hibiscus, Plum, Rhubarb, Cola, Smooth, Ring a ring

HAMA Ethiopia roasted by TRUNK COFFEE (Nagoya)

Origin: Hama Cochare Yirgacheffe
Growing Alt: 1,600-2,000m
Type: Native Ethiopia
Process: Fully Washed
Flavor: Orange, Dry fruits, Lavender