About Ogawa Coffee
Dear Coffee Lover,
Is it possible that a cup of coffee can make the world a better place?
It is my great honor to welcome you to Ogawa Coffee. We are coffee artisans from Kyoto, Japan, dedicated to the pursuit of coffee perfection since 1952, the beginning of Ogawa coffee bean roasting. From the cultivation of the finest beans in the healthiest soil, to the most meticulous roasting, to serving the best possible coffee with the utmost customer care, we are committed to building a future of exceptional coffee.
As a next step in our mission, we are proud to announce the opening of our first international shop in Boston in May 2015. We come to the U.S. as a humble student, to immerse ourselves in American coffee culture and use this learning to explore new possibilities for our coffee production and continue Ogawa Coffee’s pursuit of perfection at every step.
We hope, in return, to offer a taste of Ogawa’s coffee culture. Coffee has a long history as a popular social beverage in Japan. Stepping into an Ogawa Coffee shop is a sensory journey to be savored, from the smell of the roasted beans to the whirring of the coffee grinders, to the first sip from a perfectly poured cup. We will strive to bring this special coffee experience to our Boston shop.
The making of Ogawa Coffee is a team endeavor wherein each Ogawa employee and the individuals within our many outside partnerships play an important and unique role in elevating the potential of coffee. With a consciousness of social and environmental responsibility and an ongoing objective to improve the coffee standard, each team member is working to protect, nurture and grow a robust global culture of fine coffee for the future. We believe that this is what one cup of coffee can do.
CEO and President, Ogawa Coffee USA
CEO and President, Ogawa Coffee USA
As CEO and President, Yoshinori Uda directs all business operations and activities for Ogawa Coffee USA and Ogawa Coffee Japan.
Since joining the company in 1993, Mr. Uda has held various roles within Ogawa Coffee with a focus on bean sourcing and purchasing, which remains the heart of Ogawa operations. His other roles with Ogawa have included production management, sales, product development, retailing and roasting.
Mr. Uda has trained several World Latte Art champions and published “The Handbook of Latte Art” in 2014, sharing Ogawa Coffee’s precise training methods for delicious and beautiful latte art.
Executive Director, Ogawa Coffee USA
Ogawa Coffee USA Executive Director Takako Oji brings an extensive background in architecture and design to her role as Executive Director, overseeing the artistic vision for Ogawa’s first U.S.-based coffee shop in Boston, MA. As a resident of Boston for more than two decades, Takako brings a unique hometown perspective and approach to fusing the Ogawa Coffee culture and mission with an American sensibility.
Currently a landscape architect, Takako holds a Bachelor of Design from the Kyushu Institute of Design and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Takako is inspired by removing the traditional boundaries between architecture and design. In constructing the Ogawa Coffee Boston space, Takako wanted to ensure that customers felt a balanced combination of extraordinary, purposeful and relaxed, replicating the unique feeling of oasis that all Ogawa Coffee shops offer.
General Manager, Ogawa Coffee USA
As General Manager at Ogawa Coffee USA, Taeko brings with her nine years of experience with Ogawa Coffee. Taeko has previously held roles within the wholesale department, the customer relations, and promotional and marketing divisions. Her past experience has instilled in her a deep understanding of the Ogawa Coffee business on numerous levels.
Taeko’s knowledge of Ogawa’s coffee culture is instrumental in continuing the company’s commitment to customer service in the American market. As General Manger, Taeko will be responsible for marketing in both wholesale and retail sale in the U.S. Ogawa Coffee prides itself on delivering high quality coffee and hospitality and Taeko will ensure that vision is carried out.
General Barista Trainer, Ogawa Coffee USA
2010 World Latte Art Champion barista Haruna Murayama recently relocated to Boston, MA, from Kyoto to personally oversee the menu development and barista training for Ogawa Coffee’s first international shop. As the Ogawa ambassador for Boston customers, Haruna will deliver signature Ogawa creations and hospitality. Her experience will be relayed back to Ogawa Japan as important hands-on information, in order to push Ogawa Coffee to the next level.
With the distinction of being the first Japanese and first woman to ever win the World Latte Art Championship, Haruna has been working as a barista since 2006 and joined Ogawa in 2012, introducing a level of artistry, beauty and technical skill that has since become synonymous with Ogawa Coffee lattes. She is dedicated to sharing her passion, precision and hospitality with new Ogawa baristas, as well as with customers of the Ogawa Coffee Boston shop.