Kurasu coffee roasters Kyoto || Japan specialty coffee guide
Before even landing in Japan, I was recommended many coffee stands to visit by my peers. The place that came up the most was of course Kurasu. Many of my friends remember when Kurasu was merely an online retailer, selling brewing equipment, merchandise & pure Japanese design. Since its humble beginning, Kurasu has opened up many stores across the globe, one of them being in Kyoto.
I had saved Kurasu into my Google maps weeks before stepping foot in Kyoto, however, I stumbled on its exact location by happenstance. I was looking for the famous mall of Iseya in Kyoto station & I had spent about an hour trying to access the center through the extensive underground network. If you have been to Japan & fallen into the trap of the underground shopping malls then you will know my struggle. Never assume that whats going on at street level is all there is. In Japan, there are probably hundreds of people mingling below your feet.
At this point in my journey, my only alternative was to walk around the station & by doing so I stumbled onto the location of Kurasu. Unfortunately, they were packing up for the day but I made it my first mission when returning to Kyoto that week, to visit Kurasu for a cup of coffee (or two).
Upon returning to Kyoto I made a B line straight for Kurasu. I was greeted warmly by the amazing staff whom brewed me some really tasty filters. I fell in conversation with the Head Barista Misako about our love of coffee & her visit to Australia. Each time I left Kurasu I was sad & vowed to return as soon as possible.
Kurasu is a widely respected roaster, retailer & coffee stand in Kyoto. Its impact on the specialty coffee scene can be felt from many parts of the globe. Even during my trip to Japan, I was told by many coffee lovers to go to Kurasu. For anyone traveling to Kyoto, it would be a shame not experience the skill & dedication the family (staff) of Kurasu possess.