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Brooklyn Roasting Company

Brooklyn Roasting Company in Osaka, Japan is in such a perfect spot I feel like it was built around people casually drinking coffee on a bench by the river. If you don't come to stare at a laptop, I would highly recommend the outdoor section because the view is so...

Lilo Coffee Roasters

Lilo Coffee Roasters in Osaka's Amerikamura has such great coffee you'll forget that they are attached to a hair salon. Granted the salon is upstairs, but they are in it together. Like most other parts of Osaka, Amerikamura has a lot of coffee, but I'd have to say Lilo is...

Granknot Coffee

Granknot Coffee in Osaka's Amerikamura neighborhood is the kind of place to get away from your hostel and plan your day with a great cup of coffee. It's on the outskirts of Orange Street, Osaka's stretch of hipster shops and restaurants where you can easily spend all day looking through...

R-Fritters

Chances are if you discovered R Fritters it was because Bear Pond Espresso was closed, but I think that sells it a little short. A sweet eggy bread drizzled in maple syrup is reason enough for a cup of strong black coffee. Their fritters, available in sweet flavors such as cafe...

Satei Hato

Satei Hato is a coffee shop revered by James Freeman, founder of Blue Bottle Coffee and author of The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee. While the coffee from Satei Hato was quite good, there is more than enough good coffee in Tokyo. I would visit again because of the experience....

Streamer Coffee Company

Streamer Coffee Company in Shibuya feels like an independent shop that has grown up. On the walls there are skateboards with painted latte art and the food prep area is completely open from the register and bar. The place had a very modern feel- slightly different than the other Streamer...

The Roastery by Nozy

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee in Tokyo's Shibuya neighborhood is what Starbucks Reserve could have been: coffee put on a pedestal, but still in reach. From the moment you walk in the door, you can tell it is made by coffee lovers and for coffee lovers. A blackboard greets you...

Little Nap Coffee Stand

Walking into Tokyo's Little Nap Coffee Stand gives you a good sense of the Yoyogi park community. Outside there were skaters smoking and sipping iced lattes and inside was a man drinking a cup of coffee while his kid gnawed on a cookie in between dances. The space is...

Bear Pond Espresso

Bear Pond Espresso in Tokyo's Shimokitazawa neighborhood is as infamous as it is famous. The Yelp reviews paint a picture of a grumpy perfectionist with half praising the coffee and the other half attacking the customer service, but I found only one half of that to be true. My first encounter...

Tricolore

Tricolore in Toyko's Ginza district is a small piece of preserved history. It originally opened in 1936 with the intention of spreading interest in coffee across Tokyo and I doubt it's changed much since then. Tricolore is in an old English-style house with flower planters along the windows, brick walls,...

Omotesando Koffee

Omotesando Koffee is quite a walk away from the high end department stores and restaurants of Omotesando Hills. Up a hill past various hair shops and small designers is an empty field with a wooden fence and tall grass. Omotesando Koffee was barely visible underneath the foliage of the maple tree...

All Day Coffee

Osaka's All Day Coffee is located somewhere within the maze that is Osaka Station. It's a bit difficult to find so look for an enclosed group of restaurants with a candy shop. If you hit a cascading wall of water, you have gone too far. The atmosphere of All Day...

Elmer’s Green Cafe

The Elmer's Green in Osaka's Kitahama Station is a bright and light lunch stop with excellent western brunch food and delicious coffee to match. The space had a good number of seats despite its size with most tables for two and a large wooden communal table near the counter. I...

% Arabica Coffee

Kyoto is brimming over in beautiful temples and shrines. So many, in fact, that they tend to lose their majesty and blend together if you look at too many in a day. While it's tempting to squeeze in as much as possible, at some point you are going to...

Giracha Coffee

Tachibana-touri, affectionately named "Orange Street" is the hipster area of Osaka past the lively Amerika-Mura. When you're tired from drooling over the beautiful bikes at Brotures and looking through the meticulously organized thrift shops, stop in a cafe. There is plenty of good coffee on Orange Street alongside excellent breakfast such...