Much like anime, karaoke, instant ramen and street wear, cold brew coffee is believed to have started in Japan. Does this make the Japanese the trendiest people on Earth? Is there anything that hasn’t started there? The first documented use of cold water to brew coffee comes from the 1600s in Kyoto, Japan.
Kyoto-style coffee, named for it’s popularity in the Japanese city of Kyoto, is a very specific style of cold brewing. It has become increasingly artistic throughout the years. As with all other Japanese things, it is unnecessarily elegant. To brew one cup of coffee, a single drop of water is released through a tower of coffee grounds, making a cup of coffee drop by drop.