PEOPLE

Teru Harase

Teru Harase

Espresso coffee specialist and café founder

I grew up in Tochigi ken and became a passionate rugby player in my teens. After graduating from university, I went to New Zealand to develop my rugby skills and learn English. After winning a club rugby championship in Auckland, I started developing an active interest in boxing. At the same time, I discovered espresso coffee and trained as a barista, learning from one of NZ’s best coffee experts. I worked as a barista and manager in several local cafes in Auckland, before starting to develop cafes for clients.

I opened my first cafe in 2007.

In late 2012 I returned to Japan as a business partner and general manager of a NZ-based coffee roasting company, and launched the Japanese branch office, including a new cafe and roastery. I have been privileged to contribute to the development of quality espresso cafes in the Kiyosumi Shirakawa area of Tokyo. Since 2015, I have been offering cafe consulting services while launching a new café together with my New Zealand wife and business partner.

I have been fortunate to travel extensively in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania in search of the best coffee and cafe-style food, and look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

Kim Harase

Kim Harase

Coffee lover, foodie and café founder

I was born in San Jose, California, grew up in Sweden and eventually settled in New Zealand after visiting the place and falling in love with the country and its people.

Travel has always been a large part of my life. As international Director of Marketing of the largest private education group in NZ for 18 years. I have been privileged to visit many corners of the world and have had the opportunity to enjoy the best coffee, food and wine on offer. In my spare time, I have travelled in search of new experiences, including hiking, horse trekking and kayaking.

iki Espresso is the culmination of an ambition Teru and I have to offer the very best coffee, food and hospitality services in Japan.

We look forward to meeting you!

Kei Komoriya

HEAD CHEF

I was born in Tokyo and studied culinary arts after high school as my goal was to become a French chef. After gaining experience at restaurants in Kojimachi, Aoyama and Shibuya, my sibling invited me to join the hotel industry.

My career as a hotel chef gave me the opportunity to work at the Yokohama Bay Sheraton, ANA Hotel Tokyo, the Westin Hotel, Four Seasons and the Intercontinental. While I mainly specialised in French and Italian cuisine, I also had the opportunity to be in charge of breakfasts and enjoyed serving morning dishes using fresh ingredients.

I have always been a coffee lover and it is my passion for great coffee and beautiful food that made me approach iki.​

I am delighted to be part of the iki team and look forward to creating delicious food for you and your clients.

Katsumi Masuda

PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION

I come from Tokyo and am a former real estate agent and accountant.

I am delighted that I had the courage to change my focus to the cafe industry.

My dream is to open my own cafe in the future and I feel privileged to learn all aspects of running a cafe from the friendly team at iki Espresso.

One day I hope to help others with their cafe dreams, too!

Masako Nakatsuka

BARISTA & TRAINER

After graduating from university, I worked in restaurants in Tokyo, Hyogo and Osaka for about 6 years.

I visited iki Espresso and and realised I had found a place where perfect coffee is served.

My goal is to serve great coffee with a smile.

Koudai Uno

MANAGER & CHEF

After graduating from cooking school, I worked at a French restaurant in Sapporo for three years.

My strong interest in becoming a café team member comes from my love of spending time in cafes. It took me many visits and lots of courage to decide to move to Tokyo.

I very much enjoy meeting and serving our customers at iki Espresso.

Momoko Shimizu

PASTRY CHEF

I’m from Tokyo and have been working in patisseries and cafes ever since graduating from confectionery school.

I joined iki espresso to best prepare myself for realising my dream to one day start a cafe in my hometown.

I want to bake great cakes that bring smiles to the faces of our valued guests
at iki Espresso.

 

Tomoe Uchinomiya

BARISTA

I come from Saitama prefecture and studied in Vancouver as I was interested in foreign cultures.
After graduation, I worked at hotel restaurants in Hakone and Ginza for about 6 years.
Believing that coffee enriches ones daily life, I dreamt of working with coffee. One day I discovered iki Espresso.
Now I do my very best to deliver a cup that enriches your daily life as much as possible.

 

Asuka Shimogiri

BARISTA

Originally from Chiba, I always wanted to work as a barista and got a job with a major coffee franchise after graduating from college.
I wanted to learn more about quality coffee and was lucky to join iki Espresso.
Each day, I make every effort to deliver great iki coffee.

 

Ryoko Nakano

ROASTER

I enjoyed a working holiday experience in NZ and returned to Japan in 2020.
Three months later, I started roasting coffee at iki. It is very rewarding to be part of the process of developing perfectly roasted blends and single origins for our valued customers and coffee partners.
Your are warmly welcome to visit the iki roastery to learn more about our coffee.