Kyoto is visited by people from all over the world. Some places are so packed with overseas travelers, that it even seems like aboard.
< Arabica Kyoto> opened in 2014 on a street with a view of Yasakano Tou, the symbolic five-story pagoda in Higashiyama. They also enjoy having many customers from abroad. English are heard inside and there are overseas travelers having a break outside with a coffee or latte in their hands.
World champion barista makes latte with the world's top level machine. They even have the latest roaster that can roast beans in 500 patterns, which can be done in 5 minutes after receiving the order.
They produce coffee beans at their own farm in Hawaii and also runs business as a coffee bean trading company. They are dynamically involved in each of the process, from the production of beans until roasting and dripping, and handing it over to the customers.
One of the barista was new in Kyoto. Before coming here, he had been in Hong Kong where their head office is.
'How do you like Kyoto?' I asked
'Well, I was born in Osaka, so I've always thought that Osaka was the best in Kansai region, but in terms of the connectivity with the rest of the world, Kyoto is the best' he smiled.
This shows their philosophy of 'sending out service and information to the world from Kyoto'.
Instead of doing a tourist oriented business, they are trying to make the most out of the place where people gather from the world.
They focus on serving the best cup of coffee to the people in front of them, not somewhere they cannot see who is to be reached.
Starting from the English coffeehouse culture in the 17th century, cafe and salon has evolved. There has always been a sense of revolution around the story of coffee.
'Kyoto is connected with the world'
This feeling that erupted within me when drinking the coffee at
Address: 87-5 Hoshinocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Closed: Irregular holidays
Language: Japanese, English