Kiyokazu Suzuki (“ Kiyo ”) 2014 Japan Aero press Championship winner and Q Grader opened new third wave coffee & roaster shop “ Glitch ” in Jimbocho, Tokyo.
Kiyo has 12 years barista experience as the best pupil and received the tutelage of 2003 World Barista Championship winner, Paul Bassett.
After ten years’ experience as chief barista and head roaster in Paul Bassett coffee shop in Shinjyuku, Tokyo, Kiyo decided to spread specialty coffee in Japan his own way.
His first shop “ Glitch” has 5-kilo Probat machine named “ Shared Roaster ”.
The Shared Roaster concept is very similar to open source business model in software industry, such as Linux. It is not only timeshare of roaster, but also each shareholder opens and shares their knowledge and experience about coffee bean and roast profile to produce better coffee. Kiyo feels that Japan is a still developed country for third wave coffee movement. However, there are good barista and roaster who studied and experienced specialty coffee in Australia, the United States, and Europe. Kiyo thinks that the best way and fastest way to grow third wave coffee scene in Japan is working as “Team Japan” and introducing “Japan Quality” of roasting coffee beans to global coffee industry.