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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 are brave and adventurous enough.  I roamed around the beautiful Ashrams and temples in barefoot, rediscovering the meaning of silence.   Total Julia Roberts moment from 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 preferred.   i think she needed a taste of civilization.  starbucks.  please.   

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.    

I've noticed that 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 too.  

So today, I thought I would introduce you to my favorite coffee items.  

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 lover (I prefer tea), yet I want to own these beautiful items, because they are just aethestically pleasing and very functional.  

So how strong is YOUR coffee brewing game?