I have great news today. One of our housemates Joon started his own business. He now is a entrepreneur who is living in Oakhouse.
I met Joon in Oakhouse Kichijoji 2 about a year ago. Both of us still lives in the same Oakhouse and we talk about his business in the living room sometimes.
At the beginning of 2017, many of us in the house came down to the living room and did something old school, new Year’s calligraphy or 書き初め in Japanese. It is a Japanese tradition to write down your new year’s resolution with a brush.
When we wrote down our new year’s resolusion in January, 2017
It’s something fun to do with friends especially in a share house, “an intersection of life” where every one of us is from different places and going to different places in life.
At that calligraphy, I remembered what Joon wrote. He wrote “starting a business”. You see? He is a man of word. He actually quit his full-time job to start a business. I’m impressed that he kept his word within such short period of time.
His business is about… coffee. He made a local shop to drink coffee. It’s not technically a cafe but you can visit his shop anyway and that’s what I did a few days ago.
Inside the caffee. It’s a small place but a cozy space.
Joon made a coffee for me.
To tell you more about his business, it’s more about selling personalized coffee beans online than a serving coffee at a local cafe. So what’s so special and new about his business?
Everyone has a different preferences on coffee. Some likes dark thick coffee, others like light ones with less caffeine, and there’s bluebottle coffee which is somewhat sour and not everyone likes it. It’s not too far to say… there’s no perfect coffee that everyone likes.
Coffee set which you get to do the tasting of three different coffee of your choice.
The smell of a fresh drip coffee was just great.
Cottea, the brand name of his coffee, wants to admit the fact. They made a “coffee map” where they cover the diversity of coffee, not by brands or bean origin, but by taste.
I personally think it’s a great idea for both coffee lovers and even people who don’t know coffee much. I don’t usually drink coffee but after trying his coffee, I know what kind of coffee I like and what kind of coffee I don’t like.
Some of the housemates helped him start his company from the conceptual level. Me as a writer and editor, Maud as a UI/UX designer. I think Oakhouse Kichijoji 2 is a great environment for ideas to hatch. If you think about the skill sets of our housemates, it’s also a great place to make something happen together.
Make sure to visit his cafe here and drink his coffee!