Your morning caffeine is both a glorious treat and a sacred ritual, but with the average flat white in London setting you back an eye-watering £4, it seems opting for a home-brewed coffee is worth a shot.

That said, you don’t want to stoop as low as the granulated, instant fodder that transports you back to a bleak office kitchenette – you want barista-style coffee. And while your mind might gravitate towards Seattle, Rome or Paris when you think about coffee culture, Japan is the new destination making waves.

It has been at the forefront of coffee innovations like pour-over, siphons and flannel-dripped coffee – long before they were popular in the Western world. Baristas at traditional Japanese coffee shops, known as kissatens, pride themselves on attention to detail, from carefully measuring coffee grounds to controlling water temperature for the perfect extraction process.

So, which Japanese coffee to drink? Ueshima Coffee Company is the number one coffee brand in Japan for a reason and is also now one of the fastest-growing in the UK. Custodians of the history of Japanese coffee, Ueshima is driven by three founding principles: craftsmanship, innovation, and sustainability, dedicating itself to coffee perfection for over nine decades. Each blend is available as coffee beans, roast and ground coffee, coffee bags and Nespresso-compatible aluminium capsules.

What blend should you drink?

There are three different blends of Ueshima Coffee to choose from:

  • Tokyo Roast: a medium blend that’s like a busy, neon city - smooth, bright, and exciting
  • House Blend: the signature blend with a refined Japanese flavour – rich and balanced.
  • Fuji Mountain: a dark roast blend that is inspired by Mount Fuji – bold and intense.

How should you make it?

You can perfect the craft of coffee-making at home with Ueshima’s brew bundles containing all the gear you need to upgrade those coffee-making stills to the barista level. The master bundle contains everything you need to brew the perfect coffee, including a Hario Bloom Skerton Plus ceramic grinder, a Kinto ceramic V60 two-cup brewer with 60 paper filters, a 300ml glass jug, and a 250g pack of beans.

The coffee subscription

What’s more, Ueshima offers a coffee subscription that can be customised to the frequency of deliveries and type of blend you receive, so you can rest assured great coffee is always in the cupboard.

Where to buy it

Purchase the range of Ueshima coffee at Sainsbury’s, Waitrose & Partners, Ocado, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Booths or directly at

Each blend is available in coffee beans, roast and ground coffee, coffee bags and Nespresso-compatible aluminium capsules.