Despite Japan’s public reputation for drinking coffee from cans spat out of vending machines, yesterday’s New York Times‘ Travel section listed a few notable specialty coffeehouses: Heads Up – Where Tokyo Grabs a Coffee – NYTimes.com.

A number of these coffeehouses qualify as what we previously noted as kissaten: good coffee of distinguished pedigree at an even more distinguished price. The Times‘ short list includes a Tokyo version of Seattle’s famed Zoka Coffee.