This piece for AWOL came out in November 2017, and let me indulge my cafe love and chat to the owners of some of my favourite Japan coffee spots.


Australia’s cultural influence on other parts of the planet isn’t limited to Hemsworth brothers and smashed avocado. Across Japan, you can enjoy a latte that might have come straight out of Fitzroy or Bondi thanks to the country’s thriving specialty coffee scene.

“Specialty coffee” is a fancy way of saying there’s a new (or renewed) focus on quality and flavour at all stages of the coffee production process, from bean to cup. The movement has taken root in countries like America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and, now, Japan.

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