小川珈琲

Statement

DRIP OF HOPE

As an ancestral city for the people of Japan, Kyoto, with its 1200-year history, has forever been a city of innovation, history and culture. Each one layered upon the other, actualizing a world class culture, where tradition and entrepreneurial spirit breathe. It was here that Ogawa Coffee first began to make coffee in 1952 (26th year of the Showa Era). Since then, we have honed our craft according to the aesthetic sense and the artistic sensibilities of Kyoto, and it is with the pride of being “Coffee Artisans of Kyoto,” that we constantly pursue a quality of flavor that will be known throughout the world.

We believe that coffee always has the universal power to heal people's hearts and enrich the world. That is why we want to not only, improve the taste of Ogawa Coffee, but also to further broaden its purpose for the future of society.

We want coffee to be an irreplaceable part of everyday life. A task only achievable through protecting the global environment and protecting the lives of the producers, the foundation of our coffee making. Without forgetting our passion as "Coffee Artisans of Kyoto", we will continue to find the value in each and every coffee. For we believe that a cup will surely be tomorrow's hope. It is our wish that we, Ogawa Coffee, can continue to be a part of the hearts and lives of as many people as possible.

つなぐ

So, we will go to see you.

No matter the time or place we will serve delicious coffee. In order to protect the coffee culture established by our predecessors for future generations, there is one very simple thing that we must do. In every step of the production process, from the moment the beans are picked to when the coffee is brewed, we must uphold the standards that come with being “Coffee Artisans of Kyoto”. Currently, the world is facing a wide variety of difficult issues as a result of climate change and widening economic disparities between countries. Even if you can make delicious coffee temporarily only by purchasing good quality green beans each year, there are no guarantees for the future. So, "Ogawa Coffee" will go to see you. We will kneel together with coffee producers from around the world. We will discuss each countries happiness’s, and environment and discuss how to make a coffee that illuminates the hearts of all. Therefore, no matter what may befall coffee producers, we will always work with them, to overcome any obstacles and continue to cultivate quality coffee. Without dampening their enthusiasm, I would like to convey their precious thoughts and feelings to our customers. We are connected to the world through the bond of coffee.

あつい

The Depth of our Passion.

"Full bodied but mild taste", "Drinking it has become a habit". Hearing such words from the customers, whom have drunken our coffee, makes us proud to be a part of Ogawa Coffee. The founding principle of our coffee making is the selection of beans that emphasize quality rather than profitability. Green coffee beans, that are not of the highest quality, do not produce the elegant acidity and sweetness of coffee even when roasted, as only the bitterness comes through. The first thing we do is calculate backwards from the imagined final taste, and secure quality beans through stable channels by communicating with the production region. In addition, we have gradually refined our roasting and blending skills over the course of about 70 years, aiming to create complex flavors that appeal not only to the tongue, but also to the five senses. In truth however, skills and high-quality raw materials alone are not enough to make a good cup of coffee. For it does not matter the era, the ones who decide the flavor of coffee will be people. With every bean of coffee, we remember the history of our passion and the challenges that have been overcome. A creator’s passion and skills are what give birth to creation. This is what we at Ogawa Coffee have always believed.

引き出す

It's not just about taste.

No matter how high the quality of the green coffee beans, it’s how the beans are handled that dramatically change the taste of the coffee. As coffee is an agricultural product, the beans that arrive from production regions around the world vary in size and quality. The job of Ogawa Coffee is to maximize the appeal of each roasted bean by considering the inherent individuality and characteristics of each green bean through optimal roasting and blending. We however, do not pursue only flavor when making coffee. Since ancient times, coffee has not only comforted and enriched people's hearts, but also played a role as a medium for fostering human ties and communication. Learning from that history, we want to awaken the small everyday happiness’s through coffee. A facet of this would be traceability, connecting producers to consumers with a single transparent thread. Providing not only safety and security, but also contributing to a sustainable society. For the sake of creating a world where diversity is respected and shared, Ogawa Coffee continues to make coffee today and tomorrow without wavering.

届ける

It is people who move hearts

"All employees should be coffee Artisans." This has been the unchanging slogan of Ogawa Coffee since its establishment. We are happy that our customers often say that "No matter whom you ask, among the Ogawa Coffee employees, everyone is knowledgeable about coffee”. It is not only our baristas that can brew a delicious pour over coffee, our sales staff and clerical staff are equally as skilled. Here at Ogawa Coffee, preparing delicious coffee is second nature to all of us. We find inspiration in every bean we roast and every cup we brew, is the spirit of hospitality, cultivated and honed by the tradition and aesthetics of Kyoto. In order to protect the preciousness of each and every moment, through the provision of heartfelt “omotenashi”, it is essential that daily practice be observed. At our in-house drip station and training room, the Ogawa Coffee staff endeavor to improve their skills and understanding, so as to not only be able to teach the basic knowledge of coffee, but to also to convey the charm of coffee through words born from experience and feeling. While coffee is something natural born in nature, it is people who move hearts. In order to create the next generation of coffee culture, Ogawa Coffee is thoroughly committed to delivering.