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Starbucks recently opened the fifth in its series of high-end Reserve roasteries, this time in Tokyo. Read more

Coffee Report

Affluence, emerging coffee cultures and a taste for premium specialty coffee drives Asian imports Read more

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Home Brewed

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The Japanese believe a person can never truly master any skill. You can constantly improve, but there is no limit – no endpoint for your mastery. This applies to everything — martial arts, making sushi, and of course, brewing a great cup of coffee. Read more

Features

Matcha is the surprise “superfood” tea. Conservative forecasts are that sales will hit $6 billion by 2023. Read more

Tea Report

Manufacturers target new markets as coffee shops continue to open at a rapid rate. Read more

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Tea traditions are no longer passed down as a heritage and established products and services have declining pull. Read more

Tea Report

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CHIYANG ZHANG

Stakeholders expect the rapid expansion of China’s retail cafes to continue, but a successful outcome is not certain. Read more

Features

Two Gems of Beijing’s Independent Coffee Scene

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A decade ago an independent café selling specialty coffee found it difficult to even obtain quality beans from major producing countries. Fast forward and times have changed. Read more

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Tea education is being incorporated into elementary and junior high school students in Shizouka, Japan, in many innovative ways. Read more

Tea Report

Architectural designers enthuse about the movable origami Japanese tea house created by Kazuya Katagari. Named Shi-An, it is made entirely of 4,000 pieces of paper, using origami techniques. Read more

Tea Report

After a long project growing a small number of cuttings, specialist tea producer Akira Tatsuoka has produced just 130kg of fabled Japanese tea. Read more

Tea Report

Owariasahi City in Aichi Prefecture in Central Japan has been trying to attract tourists or visitors with a connection to black tea. The city now has the largest concentration of black tea shops per capita in Japan. Read more

Tea Report

Rwanda’s coffee industry is teaming with a Japanese agency on a three-year project designed to enhance Rwanda’s coffee value chain. Read more

Coffee Report

In anticipation of increased demand for cold-brew tea, Ito En, the Japanese green tea company, has developed a new range of ‘ice-steeped’ teas for the North American market. Read more

Tea Report

Grassland Tea

Photo courtesy Takashi Inoue, president Ohkuraen Co., Shizuoka-ken, Japan

Japanese teas from Kakegawa are famous for two reasons. The cultivation method using dried grasses, and the deep steaming that the leaves undergo are both unique to the area. Read more

Features

Japan embraced third wave coffee with passion, innovating and enhancing the experience with the enthusiastic support of coffee lovers. Read more

Features

A group of seven tea producers and wholesalers visited Milan, Paris, and London to promote the unique teas grown in this notable region of Shizuoka on the southern coast of central Japan. Read more

Tea Report

But Wollenhaupt has been working with a premium coffee producer who has planted a small plot of tea bushes and has begun producing various grades and types of black, green, oolong, and white orthodox teas. Read more

Tea Report

Asako Steward has been appointed the only Japan tea ambassador in the UK. Read more

Tea Report

Oscar Brekell, a Swedish expat living in Japan, becomes the first non-Japanese to work for the Japan Tea Export Council to promote Japanese green teas abroad. Read more

Tea Report

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