Kurasu has two locations: one on a side street five minutes from Kyoto Station, and the other in the south of Kyoto, which also houses their roastery, near Fushimi Inari Shrine (24-5 Fukakusa Haraigawacho). The business, which is now international, began as an online shop selling Japanese coffee equipment, and grew from there. “I wanted to start a business that incorporated my personal passion and love for Japan… to connect some form of Japanese culture to the world,” Otsuki says. “Kurasu is a coffee shop, roaster and retailer, but moreover we like to think of ourselves as a lifestyle brand.” Kurasu also offers a monthly coffee subscription service, featuring a Japanese guest roaster each month. Espresso drinks, pour-over coffee, sandwiches and sweets are available at both cafés.