With the concept of “From town roastery, to the world,” LEAVES COFFEE ROASTERS consists of a coffee stand and a roastery in an area of Tokyo full of working-class charm. Its owner, Yasuo Ishii, is a former professional boxer who came to solely focus his energy on coffee after managing seven restaurants. We spoke to Yasuo, whose goal is to become a world champion roaster and build a brand that will last for a century. I can’t keep going without a dream White tile walls with grease stains here and there, shutters that still give off the feel of a retro mom-and-pop shop, brick outer walls… The simple design of this store is built upon its space that was once used as a fish shop and a butcher’s shop, and reflects its owner’s concept of design, the “aesthetics of subtraction.” The most noticeable of all inside of LEAVES COFFEE ROASTERS are its two roasters. The Probat U-15 (manufactured in the 1950s) enshrined in the back of the store has a particularly striking presence. It’s this roaster, seemingly out of place in the 15-or-so square foot space, that symbolizes Yasuo’s grand dreams. “As my concept ‘From town roastery, to the world’ shows, I want my place to be loved locally while also being noticed around the world to create a brand that will last for over a century. The reason I’m trying to become a world champion roaster is because I think it’s a necessary step toward building a strong foundation that will allow LEAVES COFFEE to sail across the seas for more than a hundred years.” Yasuo, the first captain of LEAVES COFFEE, often says...


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