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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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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Kasaoka is the place your drive through between Fukuyama and Kurashiki, but since I work there once a week, I decided to explore a little.
The city is split in two by route 2 and the rail road track and it has a nice access to the Inland Sea. I went for a walk in the old inland area one more time because I get a kick out of these old commercial streets. The shotengai in Kasaoka is really old, it could easily be the set of a pre-war movie.
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I often have the impression that I am walking blind in Japan since I can swear that I have walked in front of 1518 Coffee Shop in Okayama City a couple of times without ever noticing it. Well… my wife apparently does not share my blindness and easily spotted 1518.
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Coffee Smart which is located on Teramachi in the center of Kyoto is brilliantly frozen in the past. If you can’t find a time machine, well you could always drink a cup of coffee at Coffee Smart, an establishment that goes back to 1932.
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Caffe Verdi is a little bit out of the way but you get the distinct feeling when you get there that it’s actually a place for the locals to enjoy a really good cup of coffee. Kyoto is packed with coffee shops and among all these choices, I decided to go for the one that was among the highest ranked on the “tabelog” website.
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Cafe d’Esprit is a coffee shop and a coffee roaster which was recommended to me by a fellow Okayama coffee lover.
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Finding an address in Japan is difficult at the best of time, but finding Coffee Club in Marugame proved to be an epic drive complicated by the fact that there were two route 205 running parallel to each other. Beyond this major urban planning faux pas, Coffee Club is well worth driving around in circle for 30 min.
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It was snowy in Fukuoka and my ever lasting quest for coffee had suddenly came to a dead end when I came upon the closed doors of Honey Coffee roaster. One of the worker at Honey coffee was nice enough to recommend that we walk toward Yakuin station and try a place called Rec Coffee which are using their coffee beans.
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After I read about the coffee grower Aida Batlle in the New Yorker magazine special food issue of November 21, 2011, I knew I had to try her coffee.
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Cafe Rosso was recommended to me 4 years ago by a fellow Canadian who lived in Yasugi and I am thankful until this day that she let me in on this coffee heaven.
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Japan might be one of the biggest coffee importer in the world, but when it come to producing coffee, you will need to head to Hiro Coffee Farm in the northern part of Okinawa to taste truly Japanese home grown coffee.
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