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THE HIGH GROUNDS

Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Jun 5, 2015
Zen and the delicate art of demitasse coffee
Shingo Naganuma isn't exaggerating when he compares the atmosphere of his coffee shop, Nejimakigumo, to a temple. Open the menu here and you'll find a list of rules, ranging from prohibitions (no smoking, no pets) to a requirement that laptop users buy extra drinks if they plan on occupying one of the cafe's dozen seats for more than an hour.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
May 1, 2015
Arise Coffee Roasters claims a corner in Tokyo's caffeine epicenter
The much-ballyhooed Tokyo debut of Oakland's Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in February galvanized Kiyosumi-shirakawa's reputation as the city's coffee epicenter, turning the area into a magnet for caffeine-addled day-trippers. Taiju Hayashi certainly isn't going to complain about the extra business he's been enjoying at Arise Coffee Roasters, which sits on a street corner just meters away from the Californian import, but he confesses that he misses the days when a queue didn't form outside his shop every weekend.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Apr 3, 2015
Barista champ puts Fukuoka on the map
Yoshikazu Iwase has a tough act to top. As he heads to the World Barista Championship (WBC) in Seattle this month, he'll be following in the wake of Maruyama Coffee's Hidenori Izaki, the barista prodigy who last year became the first Japanese — and, indeed, Asian — competitor to win the title.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Mar 3, 2015
Switch Coffee keeps the neighbors happy
"Sometimes people say you shouldn't make your hobby into your job," says Masahiro Onishi, the 28-year-old owner of Meguro roastery and coffee stand Switch Coffee. "I was concerned about that."
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Feb 3, 2015
Blue Bottle Coffee offers a fresher brew
Whether by accident of fate or surfeit of real estate, Tokyo's Kiyosumi-Shirakawa neighborhood is turning into one of the most caffeinated corners of the capital. Already home to artisan roasters, including The Cream of the Crop and Arise Coffee, this district of galleries, parks and low-rise housing is about to welcome a new arrival.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE HIGH GROUNDS
Jan 6, 2015
Nozy Coffee knows blends are old news
Sometimes a bit of youthful brashness goes a long way. Masataka Nojo was still just a university student when he started his coffee empire in 2009, from a humble coffee stand in Kanagawa Prefecture's Shonan region.

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