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1 min. | 70 words

Nicholas Coldicutt discusses his trip to Irukaya, a coffee cafĂ© in Tokyo owned by Hiroshi Kiyota. Coffee can only be ordered with a reservation, no groups can be larger than two, and anyone who uses a cell phone, smokes, or bothers Kiyota while he’s making a cup of coffee is asked to leave. Makes me think of Jiro Ono. There’s something to be said about perfecting a craft.

(Thanks, Shawn).


Greetings! My name is Jason Heppler. I am a Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a scholar of the twentieth-century United States. I often write here about the history of the North American West, technology, the environment, cities, politics, and coffee. You can follow me on Twitter, or learn more about me.