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Up your coffee game

Maya Nakamura

I just returned from a fun trip to India.  Yes, it is a humble brag, and yes, I almost felt like Julia Roberts in Eat Pray and Love, as I roamed around beautiful Ashrams and temples in barefoot, rediscovering the meaning of silence.  But I am slightly glad to be back to the world where stray cows and dusty roads are not normal.   

In India, my traveling partner was in the dire need of Starbucks and started to interrogate the rickshaw driver where she can find one in the neighborhood.  Poor guy had no idea what Starbucks was, and offered to stop by at a local coffee shop instead.  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.

masala chai spices

masala chai spices

I was slightly embarrassed and horrified by my friend's desperation.  But I realized that we had been in India for 4 days at this point, and what she was craving was the taste of civilization instead of the actual flavor of Starbucks.  So as I watch my friend shout "S!"  "T!"  "A!" like a cheerleader into the driver's ears, I started to get into deep(?) thoughts about how coffee is universal yet so different in every country.  

Coffee lovers always pursue the best beans, brewing 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.

But what I have been noticing is that people are getting more and more serious about their coffee.  I'm starting to see less of the electric coffee makers and people are enjoying making coffee manually at home.   

It is no any different in Japan.  Not to mention Hario and Kalita, people are not kidding around with their coffee here.  

So I thought introduce you to some of the great items for brewing and drinking coffee.  

Coffee scoop by Mitsuhiro Konishi  $60  

Coffee scoop by Mitsuhiro Konishi  $60
 

Brass Drip Pot by Masami Mizuno $770  (MADE TO ORDER)

Brass Drip Pot by Masami Mizuno $770
 (MADE TO ORDER)

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)

How strong is YOUR coffee brewing game?