Coffee sits in the background of some of the most important moments in our lives: the first time we told new friends we’d like to get to know them better, a second date, a business meeting, a passion project completed, a time we caught up with long-lost loved ones after years apart. More than anything else, coffee is tied to a sense of place and a sense of community.

Drift is about coffee, the people who drink it, and the cities they inhabit. Our collection of writers and photographers, alongside coffee shop owners, baristas, streetcart vendors, and patrons, capture a glimpse of what it’s like to drink coffee in a city at the time the magazine is printed. Each issue highlights a different city.

It’s about wandering the streets aimlessly, cup of coffee in hand, and learning more about what a place has to offer, whether you’ve been there for 25 minutes or 25 years. Coffee helps us chart the geography of our cities. It’s about seeing those cities with fresh eyes, as visitors or long-time residents, and trying to understand what makes them tick.

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Drift N°2 - Tokyo


Drift N°2 - Tokyo

Introducing Volume 2: Tokyo.

This issue contains stories about Tokyo, its coffee, and the people who drink it. For our second issue, we hear from dozens of coffee shop owners, historians, patrons, baristas, writers, and photographers about what it’s like to drink coffee in Tokyo. Tokyo runs on coffee, fueled by an exploding specialty scene made possible by old-fashioned kissaten and changing social mores. Drift, Volume 2 guides us from New York to the Netherlands, from Tokyo’s hurried city center to the suburbs, and from the 1800s to the future, as we take a magnifying glass to what makes Tokyo’s coffee scene tick.  

Drift, Volume 2 will include:

  • - The Life and Times of the Kissaten: On the legacy of Tokyo’s old-fashioned coffee shops;
  • - An interview with Katsu Tanaka of Bear Pond Espresso;
  • - Reading Murakami’s Coffee Grinds: Unpacking of what coffee means in Haruki Murakami’s works;
  • - How a tea city became known for its coffee;
  • - The 2.5 Dimension: A look into Tokyo’s cosplay cafes;
  • - An interview with James Freeman on opening Blue Bottle Coffee in Kiyosumi, Tokyo;
  • - Profiles of Japanese latte art champions;
  •  - A primer on canned coffee;
  • And more…


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