Zundouya Ramen Kurashiki

When Zundouya ramen opened recently in Kurashiki, I could not help but noticing the long line at the door and the packed parking.  It left me wondering if this new ramen shop was any good and my curiosity was rewarded by a great bowl of ramen. I am warning you there seem to be a line in front of that shop the minute they open at 11 AM.

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Hakuba Baisen Coffee Roaster

It was my third day surviving on 7/11 coffee when I walked into Hakuba Baisen.  I recently spent some quality time in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture and enjoying the cool air of Hakuba and Omachi, but my coffee addiction needed some quality fuel. By chance, I found Hakuba Baisen in a hiking magazine.

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Drinking a Clover made Reserve coffee at the Honmachi Starbucks

by Luc Gougeon

Dear Howard Schultz (for my friends who don’t know, he is the CEO of Starbucks),

I just finished reading  Onward and I found it both informative and inspiring.   After reading the part about the Clover coffee machine, I decided to find one in Japan and by some amazing chance, I located one in Osaka where I went on a day trip over the weekend.   (it’s the only machine in Osaka!)

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UCC Coffee Museum and UCC Coffee Road

by Luc Gougeon

UCC or Ueshima Coffee Company is a household name for any coffee drinkers in Japan. The brand is omnipresent and I was super happy to visit their coffee museum which is located in Kobe.   It’s also where I drank one of the rarest coffee in the world, just keep reading.

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