Inspired by Starbucks: a new type of Starbucks cafe in Tokyo

I don’t often watch Japanese TV, but last night I saw an interesting segment on a news show about a new Starbucks concept store which recently opened in Tokyo, it’s called Inspired by Starbucks.  The CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, was there for the opening.

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Cafe Rico Coffee Roastery

I took me a while to go to Cafe Rico Coffee Roastery but it was worth the visit. Please note that Cafe Rico is not a coffee shop, but a full on coffee roaster providing fresh coffee to a myriad of fine coffee shops all over Okayama and Kurashiki.   I drank my first cup of Cafe Rico at Cafe Un Deux and it was soon followed by another at Machista.

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Café Un deux comme chez vous

Café Un deux comme chez vous opens only 12 days a month and I still don’t understand why after going there twice in the same weekend.    If you don’t speak French, Un deux comme chez vous means “One Two Like your Home”  and the place is indeed very homey.  The name might be as weird as the opening hours but after eating their cake, I could not care less.

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Orizuru Coffee Shop

When I decided to find Orizuru coffee with the help of my friend Brian, I was not too sure where to start. The owner of Blue Mountain Coffee Shop in Kasaoka had highly recommended me Orizuru, but he had simply told me it was near the big department store in front of Okayama station.   Luckily, we spotted the shop right after lunch and it’s not the easiest place to find.

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Blue Mountain Coffee Shop in Kasaoka

I have to thank the owner of Tsuji coffee in Kasaoka for sending me to Blue Mountain Coffee Shop. This coffee paradise is so well hidden in the depth of Kasaoka that I would have probably never stumbled upon it without his precious help.

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