'Demitasse Cosmos: Glitter of Jewelry'

Feb 5, 2015

'Demitasse Cosmos: Glitter of Jewelry'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Since coffee was their common interest, Yasuhiro and Tomiko Suzuki started collecting demitasse together after they were married more than 40 years ago. They bought one cup and saucer each month, accumulating a diverse collection of more than 500 sets. According to the couple, ...

Bullet train black gold awaits Ethiopian roasters

Feb 3, 2015

Bullet train black gold awaits Ethiopian roasters

by James Jeffrey

On a typically sunny January day in southwestern Ethiopia, smallholder coffee farmers gather beneath red, blue and orange canvases, propped up by wooden stakes, to watch and participate in a coffee-tasting competition with demanding Japanese standards. Naomi Nakahira, a coffee adviser with Ueshima Coffee ...

The latest gadgetry of convenience

| Jan 16, 2015

The latest gadgetry of convenience

by Yukari Mitsuhashi

Michi nails it In Japan, attention to detail is often important not just in traditional Japanese craftsmanship, but also in all manner of modern goods — even false nails. Michi is a new e-commerce website that specializes in plastic nails hand-decorated by 100 designers ...

Jul 24, 2014

Nestle Japan to leave industry groups over product description

Nestle Japan Ltd. said it will withdraw from several domestic coffee industry associations, including the Japanese coffee fair trade conference, citing disagreements over the description of its products. Nestle Japan said Wednesday it has started to call its instant coffee products “regular soluble coffee,” ...