a universal language called ‘’Esperanto,’’ and every summer,
we attended a World Esperanto Congress held somewhere
in the world. My father owned a trading company,
and he often took me on his business trips,
so I have been a traveller since I was young.
While seeing so many countries, different cultures,
rich and poor people, happy and unhappy people,
I often wondered who I was and asked myself
what kind of life I wanted to live.
I grew up in Tokyo and after high school, I moved to California.
I found a cozy apartment in Venice Beach,
where I watched beautiful sunsets every evening,
and I soaked myself in the beach and hippie culture.
After college, I started working for a trading company,
so I continued travelling overseas on business.
A lot was learned while working closely with business
owners around the world; seeing their mindset towards work and life.
Most of them were very wealthy, but I found that some were happy and others were not, which caused me to keep asking the same two questions:
Who am I?
What kind of life do I want to live?
I reflected on these two questions over and over and eventually
I found my answers.
・I want to live a simple and down-to-earth life.
・I only need the basics to be satisfied: food, clothing and a house.
・Like my parents did for me, I want to travel with my children and build a higher standard for them.
And my last answer was coffee.
I really need an amazing cup of coffee everyday,
this is why I founded % Arabica.
In order to provide the best coffee possible, I bought a coffee farm in Hawaii, started a green bean trading company, became the sole-exporter of a Japanese
roasting machine, and became the distributor of one of the best espresso machines in the world. Then together with a world latte art champion, Junichi Yamaguchi,
and a talented architect, Masaki Kato, we opened % Arabica in the beautiful historic city of Kyoto.
Our dream is to expand % Arabica to all over the world,
so that young baristas can ‘’See the World Through Coffee.’’
We only live once, so let’s explore the world we live in, set goals,
and enjoy our time together over an amazing cup of coffee.
% Arabica Hong Kong (Headquarters)
Shop G08, Discovery Bay North Plaza, Discovery Bay, New Territories, Hong Kong
Office hours: 8am - 4pm
Closed on Weekends
This is where all the behind the scenes
magic happens at % Arabica.
It is open to the public but please note that
seating is limited as this is our main office.
% Arabica Kuwait
% Arabica Kuwait
Al-Sarraf Tower, Ahmad Al Jaber St,
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Shop hours:7am - 7pm
% Arabica Dubai
% Arabica Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall, G/F, Shop 167
Between Markette and Level Shoes District
(Near the Aquarium)
Tel : +971-4-331-1071
Weekdays : 10am - 10pm
Weekends : 10am - 12am
% Arabica Berlin
% Arabica Muscat
Junichi was born in Kyoto in 1980.
He worked at The Theatre Coffee from 2012. Since 2011, he has participated in the Coffee Fest Latte Art Championship in America where he finished 2nd in Chicago in June 2013, finished 3rd in Seattle in October 2013, finished 3rd in
New York in March 2014, and became the world champion in the first Coffee Fest Latte Art Championship held outside of America, in Tokyo in April 2014.
He is currently working as Group Manager of Coffee Division at Asiamix Japan Limited, the parent company of % Arabica.
At % Arabica Kyoto, he will work as Head Barista, together with baristas from various countries.
2012年よりThe Theatre Coffeeでバリスタとして活動。
その前年の2011年からアメリカで毎年3回開催されるCoffee Fest Latte Art World Championshipに参加。
2014年4月よりASIAMIX株式会社のCoffee Division Group Managerに就任。% Arabica京都では各国からのバリスタを束ねるヘッドバリスタを務める。
% Arabica is constantly on the look-out for passionate individuals to join our wonderful group of hardworking, create, and fun baristas.
If you are interested in joining our team,
please click here and apply from our application page.
Only applications with originality that showcases style and intellect will be considered. High level of English proficiency is required. Due to the high volume of applicants, we apologise that we can only reply to the ones we'd like to move on forward with. Please allow 1 week after submission for us to contact you if we would like to schedule a Skype interview.
In this page, we’ll introduce the two machines
we use to serve you quality coffee.
1. Tornado King
For a great cup of coffee, it’s a must to have freshly roasted coffee beans. Coffee beans start the process of oxidization from the moment they are roasted, and after 48 to 72 hours, their taste peaks, and after that slowly goes bad. So the Golden Rule to enjoy tasty coffee at home is to buy a small quantity of freshly roasted beans, store them under room temperature
in the shade, and use them within one week.
We at % Arabica know how difficult it is to buy fresh roasted coffee beans at local stores.
Our roasting machine, ‘’Tornado King’’, will solve this problem. This modern Japanese roasting machine can roast from 100g with 500 different roasting patterns, and it only takes 5 minutes to roast one batch.
At % Arabica, we roast each customer’s beans differently according to their tastes, and we roast each batch after taking an order. So our customers can select the beans and roast level they like, and always bring home the freshest coffee beans possible. Please come to % Arabica, order around one weeks worth of coffee, so you can always have the best coffee available at home or office.
2. Slayer Espresso
Once freshly roasted coffee beans from our Tornado King hit their tasting peak after 48 to 72 hours, we use the beans to serve coffee at our shop.
The espresso machine we use is Slayer Espresso from Seattle.
Most traditional espresso machines from Italy only pulls espresso like an automatic digital camera. That is to say, the machine pulls espressowith 9 bars of pressure when the barista pushes a button. We wanted something more.
We selected this unique machine because we put so much effort farming our coffee in Hawaii, trading green beans from around the world, and custom roasting beans with our Tornado King. We wanted the best Espresso possible.
Unlike the traditional espresso machine, Slayer works like an analog film camera. Baristas can change water temperature, water flow at pre-brew stage, and brewing time, to enable baristas to work like true artists and pull the best taste from any coffee bean.
Please come and enjoy our coffee at % Arabica.
We farm, we trade, we roast, and we use Slayer to serve you the best cup of coffee possible in order to make you smile.
3. Show Room
% Arabica not only uses the Tornado King and Slayer at our shops, but also serves as the exporting agent for Tornado King to the world, and is the sole distributor of Slayer Espresso to Japan and Hong Kong.
At % Arabica Kyoto, % Arabica Hong Kong, and % Arabica Tokyo’s showroom, feel free to try out the machines if you are interested in purchasing them.
Please make a reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Tornado King (トルネードキング）