We are passionate about our coffee. As a coffee shop, our specialty is coffee. As a coffee roaster, we are passionate about selecting and crafting the finest coffees available. We hope that you, and more and more of you will come in to enjoy and to savor the flavors of the coffee served at Jlodge.
But actually, for us, the main point is not the coffee. Our customers are the point. Knowing you and sharing your life through the timeless ways of conversation are the point.
To honor the Japanese value of excellence as an art form, to honor you through our striving to be the best and to honor our Creator, God who empowers us with life, love and grace.
We seek to give expression to the three values of Beauty, Truth and Meaning.
Yuka and I were married 19 years ago in Tokyo. We went back to the US and lived there for the first 10 years of our marriage and have been living in Japan for the last 9 years.
We came to Japan out of our love for God and our love for the Japanese people. We had no idea that we would end up at Jlodge. But it fits us perfectly! Our love for coffee and our love for people have blended together into a coffee shop that is a refuge of peace and a place where everyone is welcomed.
Camping and wilderness backpacking have been our favorite hobbies for many, many years. Drinking coffee in the morning with mountains rising up all around is a beautiful and inspiring time.
We purchase beans from all over the coffee belt. Our coffee comes from Latin America, Asia, Africa and sometimes the Middle East.
Specialty coffee comes from all these regions and we look for the best quality beans with the most interesting flavors.
We stock beans from Columbia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Ethiopia and more. We strive to always offer coffee that has rated a cupping score of 87 or higher.
Jlodge is considered to be a micro, artisan-roaster We are proud to be part of the Scott Rao school of roasting. In this way I am able to continually develop and improve in the craft of roasting.
I hope you can come in to enjoy our coffee OR, you can order it to be delivered to your doorstep!
coffee growing regions
of the world
Coffee grows in the region of the world called the equatorial zone. Because all the world’s coffee grows in this area it is also sometimes called the Coffee Belt. Coffee grows well there because it is hot and humid all year round.
You can order your coffee from many countries and go on an around the world tasting journey!
Coffee is a seed. It grows inside what is often called a coffee cherry. To extract the flavors that were brought out in the roasting process you need to get four things right:
- Volume (amount of coffee)
- Grind size
- Temperature of the water
Temperature is also really important. Too hot will extract more bitter flavors. Water too cool will fail to extract the full range of flavors. We start with filtered water that is held at a temperature of 98 degrees Celsius. We pre-heat everything in order to hold the temperature as steady as we can.
Pour the water slowly and let the grounds soak up the water in a pre-wetting phase. Then pour in a gentle, controlled way until you reach the volume of water that you are aiming for.
Finally, the most important step is to sit back and enjoy your great cup of coffee!
Jlodge is A Communication Cafe!!
Select your beans!
price is per 100g
Our bean collection
Flavor profiles, Cupping profiles, mouthfeel and more!!
It is hard to describe taste — It’s just hard. And there is a big difference between professionally trained tasters and the rest of us.
Even when we are talking about familiar things like ice cream or milk, how would you describe the flavors in vanilla ice cream to me if I had not ever tasted it? It is really not an easy task.
The same thing is, of course, true of coffee. Did you know that in the coffee world there is an actual career path for any of you who would like to become professional tasters. The job title is “Q-grader” (quality grader). As you could guess, their job is to grade the quality of coffee. Their ratings are based on many things but a big part of their job is to “cup” coffee, that is, to use SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) protocols to taste the coffee and describe what they find.
Here is the big reveal — you may not taste the same things in your cup of coffee that they tasted! Your water is different (a huge part of coffee), your grind size and consistency will be different, the exact freshness of the coffee will be different and the roasting of this particular batch will be different.
But even so, checking out the cupping profile or flavor profile is still incredibly useful. It gives you a way to identify differences in flavors of various coffees. But when someone describes a coffee as being floral do they mean roses, or maybe jasmine or possibly wildflowers?
Sometimes a coffee is more like berries and less like chocolate. Sometimes coffee is very citric or more full-bodied. Please check out the flavor profiles we have included here, I think they will be helpful for you. But please bear in mind that this is a guide and not intended to be an exact description.
To order your beans, please copy the kind of beans you would like purchase from the above list. Then paste your selection(s) into the email form below.
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