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    • 2 min read
    So you are facing one of the most difficult choices: Hario V60, or Kalita Wave?
    Yes, you can get both if you want, like the honest woodman was rewarded with a gold axe and a silver axe. But let's suppose Hermes only allowed you to keep one of his two axes...
    • 3 min read

    You're likely familiar with the concept of thethird wave of coffee,but we'll reiterate that it's a movement of coffee appreciation and enjoyment that's rapidly eclipsing the idea of coffee as a mere commodity. In this realm of coffee culture, the Hario V60 has emerged as a staple tool – an all but required component of proper single-cup brewing.

    • 5 min read

    We discuss the often misunderstood distinction between single origin and blended coffees, a notion steeped (pun intended) in misdirection and confusion as wine vintages and the aging process of Scotch whisky.

    • 4 min read

    Kissatens have deep rooted history in the Japanese coffee culture. I examine the differences and similarities between Kissatens and raise of the Third Wave coffee movement.

    • 6 min read


    The Donut Dripper was designed by Torch's founder Nakabayashi Takayuki san who became disillusioned with the designs of current drippers while running his cafe in Gunma prefecture. Having a background in design, Takayuki san set out to design and create his own dripper, an improvement among conventional coffee drippers and product which would brew coffee to his own liking.

    • 2 min read