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Here at Kurasu, we know that coffee is much more than a drink. It's stimulating, invigorating, and for many people, the enjoyment of coffee is a huge part of their overall lifestyle. Of course, this means that the world of coffee comes complete with its own selection of gizmos, accessories, and must-have items. From brewers to beans and mugs to magazines, there are scores of great things to stuff in a coffee aficionado's stocking!

  • 5 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.

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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.

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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.

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You’ve seen it in popping up in local cafes. Pour over  coffee, is the latest trend in the coffee industry. Despite its recent notoriety, this particular extraction method has been around for a long time. In Japan, it has been and continues to be the most popular way of making coffee at home and in coffee shops.

So what’s so special about pour over coffee and why should you pick up your first brew kit today?

Here is a list of the top 11 reasons you should start brewing pour over coffee:


  • 6 min read

I was introduced to the Mountain Dripper by creator Nakabayashi san when it first was released in 2014. After hearing about his new creation, I immediately made the decision to stock with Kurasu before I even had the chance to physically see his new work.

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