May all beings everywhere, with whom we are inseparably interconnected, be fulfilled, awakened, and free. May there be peace in this world and throughout the entire universe, and may we all together complete the spiritual journey.
— Lama Surya Das
“There is no singular right way of making coffee—and no schools, such as divide the practice of the tea ceremony. The way of coffee is an individual’s way of making it, guided by the apparatus itself (the koohii no odoogu, “tools of coffee”). While one shop will use a ceramic pot as the drizzling container for hot water, another will use a white enameled metal pot with a narrow spout, to focus the water as it spirals around the grounds in the filter. Most use cloth filters hung on a wire ring over a small glass coffeepot or held over the cup itself. Another will specialize in the art of the siphon or, occasionally, the French press pot, though this is far less popular in Japan than elsewhere. The shop’s own method and tools are its “brand” as well as a reflection of the personality and skill of the owner.”