I met coffee ambassador Hiroshi Sawada last fall in Shibuya last fall. Hiroshi introduced latte art to people around the world with his book “Free Pour Latte Art Handbook.” I’d gone to Japan to photograph cafés including his own—Streamer Coffee—which he let me shoot without hesitation. (This kind of reception is unusual in Japan, where establishments are typically guarded about photography.) During my visit I ended up writing an article that appeared in the February/March Issue of Barista Magazine, and we developed a friendship. Hiroshi’s coffee celebrity recently landed him a guest-appearance on a Japanese game show in which contestants guessed who he is based on a list of personal facts.
The other day he sent a photo of himself sporting an espresso-shots backpack. Arigato Hiroshi!