JAPAN'S COFFEE AFICIONADO
The coffee culture in Japan has changed. Long gone are the days of push button, multi-chain outlets serving large long blacks.
Japan entered a new period of coffee perfectionism, while the rest of the world was growing hipster moustaches and sipping piccolo lattes. Well its time to 'wake up and smell the coffee' so to speak, as some of the finest roasts and specialist brew equipment is flowing from the land of the rising sun.
Dark roasted coffee.
I bought my favourite cup!
Perfect for summer.
Was that a Haiku?.. Well maybe in english at least...
Two things are hard to explain to people who haven't travelled to Japan;
1. What a Haiku is, and 2. Where on earth I got that coffee gadget on my kitchen bench.
I was doing exactly that, searching for a particular coffee item I had purchased from Japan when I stumbled across Mecca... an online store called KURASU.
Meet Yozo Otsuki, coffee aficionado of Japan and the founder of KURASU. Established in 2013 as a Japanese homewares store, Otsuki san followed his expertise and passion to focus on being a merchant of fine coffee and Japanese-made coffee equipment.
Otsuki san's belief in Japanese coffee is comparable to the samurai Sakamoto Ryoma, in which he wants to change the 'closed' Japanese coffee culture and allow the world to enjoy the beauty, simplicity, and precision of Japanese-made coffee equipment. This strong desire has ultimately led to an online store that shares the same philosophy. The products available on KURASU are uniquely Japanese and are both functional and ready to exhibit beautifully in any kitchen.
The Japanese have really taken their traditional 'pour-over' / filtered coffee to the next level, and I assume that it is a natural fit to the Japanese spirit - the pursuit to become a master in creating the god-cup (the perfect cup that you may search your whole life for).
With the perfect tools in the cart, and ready to test your Samurai spirit, one needs the best coffee to brew. KURASU also has this covered with a monthly coffee subscription service available. Otsuki san turns connoisseur and takes subscribers on a journey through Japan, featuring some of the best artisan roasters in the World. His focus again is to open the borders and let the world experience the craftsmanship, the people, the precision, and techniques of Japanese coffee roasters. Otsuki san's passion is evident, with a detailed story on each coffee selection provided exclusively to the members.
I have subscribed, and by looking at some of the customer pictures on Instagram I must say I'm pretty excited for next month to come.
As a sensible student, I reached out to the Sensei of coffee - Otsuki san, to ask what his favourite method of making coffee is;
"My favourite method is the filter / pour over method which is related to most of the equipment we sell at Kurasu. Filter coffee has had a long and unique history in Japan and brewing pour-over coffee in ones home is very common, as my mom would do this for me and my family growing up"
I am glad I found KURASU and I appreciate the philosophy they have in bringing these unique products out into the world for all coffee lovers to enjoy.
Perfect drip coffee
From roaster to my filter
Kurasu thank you
Was that another Haiku?..
KURASU - Japanese Coffee Equipment
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