Niseko, Kyoto, and Tokyo

Talk about your favorite cafes, local barista events, or plan your own get-together.
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#1: Post by LBIespresso »

I will be traveling to Japan this winter and am as excited about experiencing the coffee culture of Japan as I am for everything else. Looking for tips on places to hit in the locations in the title as well as any other travel tips. My first visit to Japan though I have traveled a bunch in Asia many years ago before I was a coffee nut.

I did some searching here and found this article below that Craig (baldheadracing) posted so I will include that for future searchers that find this thread.

https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2023 ... sting-menu
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Glitch (Tokyo) - light roast premium coffees, often non-traditional processing.

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#3: Post by MNate »

Oo- good timing for me as I'm going over the new year as well! I'm prepared to also try some of the more ubiquitous coffee options as well, so even just hints on what's a good order at a more traditional coffeehouse would be appreciated.

Also Seoul, if anyone had thoughts there, which could be a different post, I guess.

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#4: Post by guiny »

In Tokyo, I've liked

Good coffee farms cafe
https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZmyZUadKaEY2CbRu9

Blue bottle
https://maps.app.goo.gl/aiPcsr29MevPdBut6

A bit further away in Kamakura
27 coffee roasters where you can taste samplers
https://maps.app.goo.gl/F8mGxsZHKSWXFPv96

There is a cafe that does nel drip which is described in the 'blue bottle craft of coffee' that I've always wanted to try but haven't managed to get to. I can't find the name now. Sorry.

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#5: Post by PaulTheRoaster »

You should make sure to go to one of the ancient vacuum pot-only shops in Kyoto. That is a unique experience.

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#7: Post by Jeff »

If you enjoy light roasts, a "traditional" Japanese shop may not fulfill your flavor preferences.

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#8: Post by LBIespresso (original poster) »

Thanks! Keep em coming. I will put together a full list and make an apple map of them all and post it here.
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#9: Post by LBIespresso (original poster) »

I'm putting together an apple maps guide for my trip. Below is what I have so far. Sharing here for others to see and still looking for more. Cokuun is not on the map but I do plan on going.



I know I won't hit them all but I do have a ranking in my mind. But having a very long list makes it easier to find something close and good depending on where I am when the need for a good cup hits.
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#10: Post by Blaine »

About Life Coffee Brewers is a great cafe in the Shibuya area of Tokyo that I highly suggest visiting. KOFFEE MAMEYA, which is already on your list, is a must and has multiple locations.