Lab Notes

Meet the Producers

Galo Morales

Specialty Coffee Journey

-The future of coffee-

We are all different and all wonderful. So is Coffee :)


Coffees Becoming One by Direct Trade

Coffees Becoming One by Direct Trade

TYPICA is an online platform that connects coffee producers and roasters worldwide for direct trade of rare, unique coffee from a single jute bag. Each coffee we deliver has its own character that comes from the origin's terroir and the producer's hard work.

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Narratives of Producers and Roasters


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Nagasawa COFFEE

Nagasawa COFFEE in Morioka City, Iwate, is a small town coffee brand run by Kazuhiro Nagasawa. His experience volunteering at shelters after the Tohoku earthquake shaped his coffee philosophy, and his coffee shop is a place to appreciate the simple joys in life, and shows that small town dreams can be big too.

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Raw Sugar Roast

Coffee is more than just the result of roasting and brewing. It’s more than flavor or profile. At Tokyo's Raw Sugar Roast, every cup of coffee is a chance to share a deeper story, and form a connection between consumer and producer.

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From Kyoto to the globe. Kurasu is striving to spread Japan’s coffee culture from six cafes at home and abroad. Each shop has its own identity and offers a different experience. United around the common language of coffee, their diverse team is a beacon of light in Japan’s coffee industry.

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The tumultuous politics and undaunted tenacious spirit of Nicaragua

Most coffee producing countries are relatively poor. Many are strangers to democracy, with an unstable political climate that is an easy target for dictatorial rule. Nicaragua is a textbook example. Civil war and revolution successfully removed the right-wing dictatorship, only to have a left-wing dictator step in and take power. My first visit to the country was in 1984, right in the middle of the civil war.


The indomitable spirit of the oppressed indigenous peoples of Guatemala

Guatemala. A country of towering volcanoes and dense jungle and home to the tallest mountain in Central America at 4,000 meters above sea level. Hidden in the depths of the jungle are pyramids built by the ancient Maya, carved with hieroglyphs and complex calendars. The ancestors of this great civilization are thought to be an indigenous tribe. Guatemala has the largest proportionate population of indigenous peoples in Latin America. These were the people enslaved by Spanish colonials and forced to work on coffee plantations. Coffee from Guatemala with its rich flavor and distinct acidity is popular in Japan. The cruel history of oppression that leaves a bitter aftertaste, however, is less well known.


Pure Life – “Mild Country” Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a Spanish phrase meaning “a rich coast”. But it doesn’t mean the country is rich with oil or other resources. What it does have are people with gentle, kind hearts. When you get off a plane at the airport in the capital San José, the first thing that catches your eyes will be wall posters with a message, “Welcome to the Happiest Country of the World.” In fact, Costa Rica has ranked first in the United Nations survey of happiness levels around the world. Though materially poor, Costa Rica is emotionally rich. And what brought happiness to this developing nation was coffee.


Around the World with Coffee: How Specialty Coffee is Changing the Industry 

Nowadays, you can know a lot about coffee. The variety of bean, the best brewing technique, the exact farm it was made on, the historical background. Each cup of coffee comes with an encyclopedic catalog of information. But even with all that, how much do we really know about Guatemala, Colombia, or any of the places that label our coffee packets? Nicaragua and Costa Rica may share a border, but their national characters have little in common. Mexico and Brazil are separated by continents with differences in everything from soil to society. And of course, this has an effect on the produce.



RevolutionPeter Muchiri : Rockbern Coffee

I need to, first and foremost, thank you, everyone who is here today for coming. Most of all I need to thank the TYPICA ...


Launch of New US Office

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Hello, Taiwan! TYPICA Starting Taiwan Tour

Dear friends in Taiwan, we are starting a four-city, five-day tour across the island! We are going to visit Taipei, Taic...


TYPICA Lab Bolivia Documentary Film Out Now!

We’ve released the first of our TYPICA Lab documentary film series. In this project, we follow roasters from around ...


Ethiopia 2023

Hello, everyone! This is Ayane Yamada from TYPICA. We have some news that is sure to be exciting for roasters – confi...


InitiativeHeleanna Georgalis : Moplaco

So first of all, I would like to thank Ayane and Masa for today. It was a really unexpected meeting. So well planned and...