Weekenders Coffee Roastery | Kyoto Japan

Weekenders Coffee Roastery

Kyoto Japan

Weekenders Coffee was a pleasant discovery about a 15 minute walk from the hostel I was staying in. The cafe and roaster was located upstairs set in a very simple yet funky layout.

I loved their ‘Cherry Blueberry’ flavored Ethiopian Single Origin Yirgacheffe coffee so much I returned the next day for more coffee and buy some beans too. The owners are super friendly and helpful also… Check them out.

Transcription:

Hello, it’s Tim coming to you again with another episode of Coffee Geek TV.

Here I am in Kyoto Japan. I just stepped out, just trying to find any coffee. I heard about a coffee shop down the road, but it is not open because it’s Sunday here. I read a review about it. Someone complained that they could not use WIFI, but I have no qualms with that. It depends on what you want. I think that if you are looking for the experience, it’s best that you put the computer away. If you are looking to do work, go to a cafe like Starbucks where you can get it done.

I am a place called Weekenders after reading a review. Reviewers touted it as the best place to hang out. It’s more of an experience bar. You can see a stand-up bar and a counter with a barista. Behind me is a counter with a Provac. There is someone over here who has got his laptop out, following one of these roasting profiles.

They have an excellent selection of roasts. The beans come from around the world. They include Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya and other blends. They grind the beans and put them in little jars, which is a fantastic idea. I swayed towards the Ethiopian blend because it has these beautiful, fruity aromas. I taste blueberries and strawberries. I’m partial towards sweet coffee, and I like full-bodied stuff. There is a bit of caramelization there too. This blend is beautiful. Tim, coming to you again with another episode of Coffee Geek TV.

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Coutume Cafe | Osaka Japan

Coutume

Osaka Japan

Apparently Coutume Cafe was permanently closed at this location the date of this post.

My first experience of Steampunk coffee… I wasn’t overwhelmed by the experience to be honest… Although watching the brewing technique in action intriguing, I actually found it the flavor quite watery and under extracted.. I hope one day I can get better experience of Steampunk coffee.

Transcription:

Hi,

I’m Tim coming to you again from Coffee Geek TV. I’ve come to a place called Coutume Coffee, a French cafe. They do innovative things here, and prepare coffee in a way I have never seen before. It’s called Steampunk.

Let me take you over here and show you how the machine looks. It’s a French press with a siphon built in together. The water rises to this level, and this is where the device compresses the beans. The coffee comes down through the same chamber.

This style of brewing coffee is slightly different. It is not my favorite, but you might want to give it a try. This place is a little difficult to find. If you are in Osaka, Japan, you have to go underground.

I can’t rate it when compared to the other coffees, but you win some and lose some. Tim, coming to again from Coffee Geek TV.

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Takamura Wine and Coffee Roasters | Osaka Japan

Takamura Wine and Coffee Roasters

Osaka Japan

This place brought both my beverage passions together – Coffee and Wine.. I place reminded my of the local alcohol shop in Australia called Dan Murphy’s but with a twist.. a built in coffee roaster..

Although a little walk from the Metro, it was worth the visit to experience both of my sensory backgrounds under the one roof.

The upstairs mezzanine of Takamura provided a great ambience. They also have mini Aeropress competitions too.

Transcription:

Hi Coffee Geeks,

I’m Tim coming to you again with another episode of Coffee Geek TV. I’ve arrived in Osaka, Japan. After I dropped my bags at the guest house, I came to this place I learned of called Takamura Wine and Coffee Roasters.

I’m upstairs at the moment in this fantastic cafe. What I love is that it has combined both my worlds. One is my background in wine and the other is my new love for coffee. Let me give you a quick overview of my wine background. I used to work in the wine industry and lived near the wine regions of Australia and used to drink a lot of it. Since moving to Thailand, I’ve found it expensive. and don’t drink as much wine as I used to. The range is limited and the price,not satisfactory as well. That overlapped into coffee and made me to continue to train my palate.

This place is fantastic. Let me give you a quick tour. I’m going to walk down the stairs. Takamura Coffee is rocking. It has got the best range of wines you can imagine. It’s huge and reminds of Dan Murphy’s in Australia. The best feature of this place is the drip bar, where the cafe starts from. They have got a humdinger of a roaster back here. If I could own a cafe it would be something like this because it brings both my worlds together. Come and try this place. Once again, it is Takamura Wine and Coffee Roasters.

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Nakamura Coffee | Ise Mie Prefecture Japan

Nakamura Coffee

Ise Mie Prefecture Japan

I’m constantly astounded by the quality of coffee even in the most peculiar location through out Japan.. Nakamura is a roaster set in the family home that sources single origin beans from around the world.. The family hand sorts defect beans before and after roasting to ensure that you have perfect cup each and every time.

Transcription:

Hi all,

It’s Tim again coming to you from Coffee Geek TV. Welcome to another episode. I’ve got something special for you today. I’m at this homey little coffee shop in the middle of rural Ise town of the Mie prefecture called Nakamura Coffee. It based in the family name.

I don’t know the name of the barista yet, but he seems to know his stuff. He has poured specialty coffee all over the world. You can see him there at the moment sifting through his coffee. This fellow hand-selects all the beans and eliminates all the defects. A friend of mine once told me that one bad bean could ruin your cup of coffee. That stuck with me. I have a profound respect for people who make hand selections, and what they do. Rest assured that you will get a good cup of coffee if you come here.

This place is hard to find, so if you are in this area, do give it a try. I will pin the address in this post. Japan is full of specialty coffee shops, and they do a fantastic job of brewing coffee.

I will give you a quick rundown of what I am drinking today. This cup has a Cuban Coffee. I don’t know the bean variety. The coffee has a beautiful macadamia cream flavor; it is my first time trying something like this.

The African Coffees that I tried impressed me, and I shared this with the barista. The man has got Costa Rican Coffees and something full-bodied, like the one from Kilimanjaro. I decided to go for the 40% Brazilian and 60% Costa Rican. It’s good. I don’t get this one, which I have almost finished. It was full-bodied but didn’t have all the characteristics. I tasted a burnt sugar flavor and detected a hint of bitterness, but in all, it is a good full-bodied coffee.

Once again, this is Tim coming to you from Coffee Geek TV. If you would like to, subscribe below. Hit “Show More” and you can contact me through social media. Thanks for watching!

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Cafe Cereza | Osu Nagoya | Japan

Cafe Cereza

Osu Nagoya Japan

The owner, Masahiro, on this occasion was so kind to allow me to sample some of his other coffee’s he had available. The Single Origin Kilimanjaro was the most interesting. The generosity and style of Masahiro and the ambience he has created is beyond measure. I can not speak highly enough of Masahiro… and although we couldn’t not communicate due to the language barrier, we definitely connected on a deep level…

Since this video in late April we have stayed in touch and exchange coffee gifts across the East and South China Seas whether it be coffee beans or Cold Brew.. Cafe Cereza will be the first place I return to when visiting Nagoya again.

So a HUGE shout out to Masahiro… Check out his cafe. Be prepared not to use your phone, take your laptop or your kids! This place is for you and your senses alone.. Enjoy part 1 of 2 videos.

Transcription:

Hi, It’s Tim coming to you with another episode of Coffee Geek TV. You have to be quiet. I’m at a beautiful place called Cafe Cereza, in Osu of Nagoya, Japan.

This cafe is a fancy place to come to for coffee. On the left, we’ve got an *African Kilimanjaro and on the right is a ^Hawaiian Kona. It’s about $40 AUS a cup, but the Barista is taking uncompromising care in brewing it, so it just blooms perfectly.

This place is about the experience and making high tea for coffee. It is unique and perfect.

One thing that is different about the Barista’s brewing process is that he did not wet the paper first. So we will see how the flavor will turn out. He is using a Kalita style as opposed to the Hario V60.

Definition:

1. African Kilimanjaro: Coffee made with beans from fields near Mt. Kilimanjaro.

2. Hawaiian Kona: Hawaiian Kona is a coffee made with coffee beans grown on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa.

3. Gallate Coffee: Coffee brewed with the catechin EGCG, or Epigallocatechin gallate, an antioxidant

You come to Cafe Cereza purely for an experience as this place is definitely a one of a kind… By far and wide it is the best pour over coffee I’ve had in my life…

In this video we conduct a small scientific experiment as Masahiro demonstrates the importance of balancing the PH levels in your water for ultimate body and balance.

Transcription:

Here we are at the moment doing a water experiment with the water that they balanced themselves. This test differentiates tap water and theirs. Whoa! Look at that! The cup on the left contains tap water, while the one on the right is their balance. We put in Rumfold Blue solution. It tells you the Ph level of the water.

Many people question whether water is essential to coffee. Using the right amount of top-quality water for your coffee is key. Here, you have green and blue. No points for picking the acidic cup.

Glitch Coffee and Roasters | Tokyo Japan

Glitch Coffee and Roasters

Tokyo Japan

Glitch Coffee and Roasters was the best place I had an Espresso in Japan. All I have to say is that this cafe not to be missed when hopping around Tokyo! The owner was super definitely a coffee geek as I saw him throw out the first espresso he made for me.

BTW – Sorry I didn’t get the Ethiopian bean variety in the end… 🙁

Transcription:

Hey Coffee Geeks, welcome to another episode of Coffee Geek TV. I’m Tim, still feeling under the weather, but I’ve perked up a bit because I’ve just had a fabulous espresso.

I’ve switched things up a bit because I love having pourovers. There is no barrier on coffee except Instant three-in-ones.

Glitch Coffee has got a funky, artisan feel.

I’ve got to tell you about this amazing espresso. It didn’t last very long. It was a fantastic Ethiopian bean coffee.

The owner of this place just walked by and had a look at my reaction. He asked what I was thinking, and I said that it was excellent.

I was watching him from afar. He made two brews. He didn’t seem happy with the first, but the second got his stamp of approval. He puts immense care and passion into what he does. I enjoyed it.

If you want to reach out, my details are below. You can also hit the subscribe button. We can catch up online or get geeked out together.

If you want to reach out, my details are below. You can also hit the subscribe button. We can catch up online, and get geeked out together. Tim, coming to you from Glitch Cafe.

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