I drink coffee every morning and to prepare it, I use a ceramic pour over set by Mashiko potter Kuriya Masakatsu. The dripper fits the paper filter (v60 #1&2 Hario) perfectly, and the pitcher’s long pointed spout pours beautifully into any handmade cup. They are ideal for me and maybe for you too, so I am very happy to share Kuriya-san’s Oribe work in my online shop for the first time in 8 years.
Many of you said that the Entoten pop-up event in June in Banker’s Hill was a great opportunity to see and touch craft in person after I closed my small gallery at the height of the Covid Pandemic in 2020. I wanted to find a place where people can see Kuriya san’s work in person, so I asked Ryosuke Goto, the owner of Bay Park Coffee, if he could let me borrow a small corner inside his shop to display Kuriya-san’s work, and he kindly agreed!
Bay Park Coffee is a popular local coffee shop only a few minutes away by car from my house. Ryosuke took over the ownership of the shop in 2018 after running a coffee stand inside a county office building for 4 years. It is a laid back and friendly coffee shop where Ryosuke and his staff takes the time and care to talk to you and get to know you. “I want Bay Park Coffee to be a place for people to gather and meet, a hub of new encounters and beginnings,” he says. Ryosuke also loves music and tea and hopes to collaborate with musicians and tea farmers by hosting them at Bay Park Coffee in the future.
So please stop by at Bay Park Coffee, have a cup of your favorite espresso drink pulled from their beautiful La Marzocco machine by their attentive staff, and see and hold Kuriya san’s work in person. The human aspect is the key ingredient for a good cup of coffee, don’t you agree?
While you drive down Morena Blvd., look out for the new trolley stations that are almost finished for San Diego’s Mid-Coast Trolley Extension. I’m surprised that hardly anyone around me talks about the trolley, but I’m excited, because coming from Tokyo, I love being on public transportation to gaze out the windows, people watch, and read as I go places. In November, the trolley extension will finally open and I will definitely take it to enjoy our newly connected community and get a cup of cortado from Bay Park Coffee.
Coffee Pour Over Sets and Cups by Kuriya Masakatsu will be available July 5th (Mon)-18th (Sun) 2021 at Bay Park Coffee: 4130 Napier St, San Diego, CA 92110 (Click for Google Maps)