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Japan and Coffee

January 19, 2017 10:55 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy

Japan and Coffee

While people who travel to Japan typically dream of green tea, local brewed beers and sake; coffee lovers from around the globe are starting to take note of Japan’s booming specialty in the aspects of coffee.

There’s no right or wrong way to get your coffee fix in Japan, but our focus here is on specialty coffee shops, where—as Tessier says—”beans are ground to order and coffee is being made by hand with care.”

For an interesting contrast, also be sure to visit a kissaten. These are old-school Japanese tearoom/coffee shops where students and salarymen take their coffee with breakfast or curry rice lunch sets in delightfully vintage surroundings.

Despite the drink’s popularity, however, coffee is a relative newcomer to the Japanese market. Like many other foreign imports, the drink first came to Japan hundreds of years ago, but only hit its stride starting in the 1970s, with the introduction of one of Japan’s first indigenous chain retailers, Doutor.

Relatively speaking, that puts Japanese coffee culture in its infancy. So, how does it compare to the “authentic” coffee cultures of traditional consumer nations like Turkey, Yemen, and Italy and the institution of the coffeehouse popular throughout the Western world?

The comparatively quiet atmosphere of the Japanese coffee shop may also tie in to another obvious difference from the coffee culture of the rest of the world: the briefness of the typical Japanese coffee shop visit.


Written by: Dee Llenos