Social Good Roasters is a social welfare organization that specifically employees people with disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism and teaches them everything from how to sort unroasted coffee beans to the process of brewing and roasting.
For Claire Williamson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Architect and Shibaura House project manager Patrick Wheare on why he's a flamingo, Japanese architecture and the local Shibaura community.
In each macabre tale from the short story collection "Body," Asa Nonami zooms in on a particular superficial fixation of modern society and proceeds to follow a "what if" question down a twisted rabbit hole.
Founded in 2015, the playfully branded Jailhouse Coffee is an organic line of beans roasted in Queens, New York and sold throughout the U.S. — as well as Japan.
A love of samurai movies brought business analyst Behumuma to Japan, but a love of Africa and promoting its culture has kept him here.
At Glitch Coffee & Roasters, founder Kiyokazu Suzuki imparts the art of roasting coffee beans to local shops through his share roasting program.
Longtime Tokyo resident on choosing fabric, fashion designers and surviving Japanese summer.
Although Tokyo's nascent cycling tourism sector is ostensibly aimed at inbound tourists, "cycle cafes" are designed to create sustainable communities by combining coffee and culture.
Japan Crate founder Hank Rao on the way his "mystery box" helps bridge cultures and bring together families, the best and worst Japanese snacks and his dream KitKat flavor collaboration.
Tulio Andrade, cultural attache to the Brazilian Embassy in Tokyo, opens up about soft power, cultural differences and LGBTQ issues in Japan.