Knots Coffee Roasters

Knots Coffee Roasters

I think I just found paradise on earth in the form of a coffee shop. To the unaware, I am a huge coffee drinker, a snob sometimes. And I scour places looking for that sweet, or bitter, spot between acidity and bitterness. Who am I kidding I mostly lean towards the bitter end.

So, while I was talking to my manager about work, and life in general, we happen to stumble upon this curious little coffee shop at a corner in front of the JR Yurakucho station. It had that Melbourne coffee place vibe to it, that just begged me to come and take a sip of their “bitterest” (most bitter). And it was good. Which is way better than what I could say about the hundreds of constellation-themed coffee shops that plagued my place of work. But what is most interesting is the fact that they have a 定期コーヒー concept.

To the uninitiated in the Japanese language, that means unlimited coffee for a specific period of time. In this case, a month. Imagine that! I can have OK coffee every single day at work, for the minimum price of 3000 Yen! And it’s not just the blacks that are included, the lattes, au laits and the espressos are all part of this service.

So, I drink 3 cups of coffee a day. EVEN if I calculate it using the lowest common denominator, which is a 100 yen per cup of coffee, that means I save half of what I usually would spend on coffee in a month.

Now, how grand is that?

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Silver Week 2016, Day 1, Take 2 

Silver Week 2016, Day 1, Take 2 

I left Tokyo on Friday 9/16, and arrived at NYC five minutes later.

It was a 13-hour flight but because it was a stress-free one, I am as energized as I was when I left Tokyo. What stresses me the most on long-haul flights is the fact that I might not be able to do #2 while on the plane. I am a picky pooper and if the bathroom conditions are abysmal, I’d prefer to keep it all in. But JAL toilets were immaculately clean, and even furnished with washlets. For those who do not know, washlets are what the Japanese call their technologically advanced/superior bidets. Which is why I tend to shy away from drinking coffee while in-air, but not this time. I was in a vehicle that passes my cleanliness standards and was on vacation. The only thing holding me back from loading up on caffeine was my self-control, and I packed that along with the geek neatly inside my suitcase. Ok, that was a lie. I kept the geek neatly tucked under my shirt.

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