Japanese award-winning coffee master Yoshiyuki Nakamura (仲村良行) recently collaborated with Taiwanese brand Drink Like A Local (根本在旅行) to give free coffee packets to Taiwanese medical workers.
Following Japan’s second donation of AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccines to Taiwan on July 8, the friendship between Taiwan and Japan deepened even more.
Other than medical support, Taiwan has also received emotional support from Japan. Yoshiyuki Nakamura, a Japanese coffee expert, recently gifted 500 packs of coffee from his brand to Taiwanese medical workers.
仲村良行於2018年世界盃烘豆大賽(World Coffee Roasting Championship, WCRC)榮獲亞軍，目前於日本沖繩經營Mame Pole Pole Coffee Roasters (豆ポレポレ)。
Nakamura is the runner-up of the 2018 World Coffee Roasting Championship (WCRC) and the owner of an Okinawa-based coffee brand, Mame Pole Pole Coffee Roasters (豆ポレポレ).
The coffee champion collaborated with Taiwanese brand Drink Like A Local (根本在旅行) and began handing out packets of coffee to medical workers since the beginning of the Level 3 epidemic warning.
Nakamura has visited Taiwan a few times to attend coffee events and competitions in the past.
According to ETtoday, the coffee champion enjoyed Taiwan because of the friendly nature of the Taiwanese people, and he was also impressed by the quality of the locally produced coffee.
Nakamura expressed that he was encouraged by Drink Like a Local, who had been continuously giving coffee to medical workers since the Level 3 epidemic warning started.
與The China Post訪談中，根本在旅行經營者楊邦彥提到，咖啡分送活動廣受各方好評，許多人也紛紛加入分送行列。因為三級警戒再被延長，楊邦彥計畫於7月12日開始將這項服務擴展至警察人員。
Speaking to The China Post, Yang Pang Yan (楊邦彥), the owner of Drink Like a Local, the coffee gifting event has received much positive feedback from friends and customers and attracted many that were interested in joining to help the cause.
Yang will be expanding this service to the police after July 12, as the Level 3 epidemic warning has been extended again.
Nakamura has said that he hoped through coffee, medical workers can relax while also working hard.
When asked about Nakamura’s next steps regarding Taiwan, Yang said Nakamura would like to visit Taiwan again after the pandemic to travel and connect with the local coffee industry.