cold brew Tag

Orang Orang 오랑오랑

  It's best to come down to Orang Orang from Namsam tower, but the hike up from HBC isn't too bad and you might find a new favorite restaurant on the way. Orang Orang has a bombed-out dusty neon charm to it that feels both at home and out of place...

The Pancake Epidemic

If you miss the smooth flavors of Stumptown coffee, the Pancake Epidemic in Apgujung is where to get your fix. If that isn't enough to get you on the Subway, imagine it's 2014, step into my shoes and watch this video. At the time, pancake options in Seoul were almost...

Manufact Coffee Roasters

It's rare to be shocked when entering a cafe. From the outside Manufact looks like a model of a house placed on a concrete pillar, not entirely out of place among the photo studios and high-end restaurants in Apgujeong, but certainly not your typical ground-level cafe. As we walked up...

Thesis Coffee

Thesis Coffee in Seoul's Gangnam district is on a coffee street. There is Alver, LGA, Standard Espresso and more, but what sets Thesis apart is their combination of novelty dessert drinks and brew bar with four different brew methods. The space is divided into several different areas, all of which...

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...

Cafe Mesh

Cafe Mesh is one of the gems outside of the tourist areas of central seoul. Originally I stumbled across their Instagram with pictures of two friendly-looking baristas in what looked like construction worker uniforms and I had to visit. When I walked in it felt like I was walking into someone's living room. It's...

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...

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...

Coffee Libre

Coffee Libre in Seoul's Yeonnam-dong is coffee worth the trip. It's near some of my favorite restaurants in Seoul (Lie Lie Lie for your Banh Mi fix), and a thriving weekend crafts market. You can easily spend the day in Yeonnam-dong, but I would visit Coffee Libre even if it was...

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...

% 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...

Zombie Coffee

I've never seen a line at Zombie Coffee and that's a beautiful rarity for any coffee shop in Seoul's Hongdae neighborhood. When I last visited, there were a few people toward the back typing away at their computers and a couple sitting at the bar who obviously knew the barista....

Klatch Coffee Roasters Seoul

Apgujung Rodeo is Seoul's answer to Rodeo Drive with lots of luxury foreign goods for about double the price. Like any other of the more expensive or western parts of Seoul, there is also a lot of good coffee. I've wanted to go to Klatch Coffee Roasters ever since our...