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Up Your Coffee Game

Maya Nakamura

I just returned from India.  It. was. mind. blowing.  I highly recommend anyone to go check out India if you consider yourself brave and adventurous.  You will get to roam around Ashrams and temples in barefoot, rediscovering the meaning of silence.   It is such a Julia Roberts moment of Eat Pray and Love.  

While I was thoroughly enjoying my spiritual moments in India, my traveling partner was on a mission to find Starbucks towards the end of the trip.   Even though Starbucks exist In South India, it is mainly for tourists and the locals enjoy their filter coffee and masala chai, which I'd much prefer.  Starbucks.  please.   I think she needed a taste of civilization. 

 masala chai spices

masala chai spices

Coffee lovers are everywhere in the world, and they always seem to have their favorite beans, equipment/accessories, and brewing methods.  Some say McDonald's got great coffee.  Some swear by the coffee picked out of animal's poop (I believe it is called civet or Kopi Luwak).  No judgement.  We all have preference, yes?

But what I have noticed is that people are much more serious about their coffee these days.    

People here in Japan take their coffee very very serious..  Not to mention Hario and Kalita, people are not kidding around with their coffee equipment.  

So I thought I would introduce my favorite coffee items today.  

 Coffee scoop by Mitsuhiro Konishi  $60  

Coffee scoop by Mitsuhiro Konishi  $60
 

 Ceramic Coffee Pot + Dripper Set by Takeshi Omura (MADE TO ORDER)

Ceramic Coffee Pot + Dripper Set by Takeshi Omura
(MADE TO ORDER)

 Metal coffee dripper by Dai Inagaki  $200 (MADE TO ORDER)

Metal coffee dripper by Dai Inagaki  $200
(MADE TO ORDER)

I am not much of a coffee coffee person actually, yet I am drawn to these beautiful coffee items.  

So how strong is YOUR coffee brewing game?