What Is This Canned Coffee Thing?

a new roast by Chin Music Press

Coffee in the Can

Canned coffee is often sweet. However, some versions, usually the ones marketed toward men, can be very bitter. Many leave a metallic aftertaste in our mouths.

Canned coffee almost always comes in 190-gram cans. It is mainly sold in Japan, and frankly, it has probably already peaked in popularity, which is why the manufacturers keep coming out with so many new brands.

For some inexplicable reason, canned coffee speaks to us. Well, the reasons aren't wholly inexplicable, but they never quite add up to a satisfactory finish -- which is kind of like canned coffee itself, come to think of it. One reason we love canned coffee is that it epitomizes certain aspects of modern Japan. That's why we featured it in our very first book, Kuhaku & Other Accounts from Japan. Chin Music Press founder Bruce Rutledge had this to say about canned coffee in an article on the company:

"It became a sort of metaphor for us. Americans tend to focus on the samurai ethic, geisha, blue-suited salarymen, green tea, Zen, etc., and so we wanted ... to focus on the equally prominent things that often get overlooked. Canned coffee is the most glaring example of that, I suppose."

This is why we don't let Bruce write canned coffee reviews.

But we hope you will.


Contribute to the Addiction

There are several ways you can contribute to this site. First of all, go to the site's store and buy two of everything. Then you could also:

  • Send your own canned coffee review. (Rules below.)
  • Contribute a piece for our coffee literature section (Only rule: mention coffee somewhere in the piece).
  • Send your favorite coffee memories, weird coffee facts, favorite literary quotes mentioning coffee, articles, reviews as well as letters of praise and adulation through our contact form. Thank you!

Review Guidelines

  • You must consume some portion of the coffee.
  • You must have the coffee present when writing
  • The term "review," much like the definition of "coffee" when it comes in canned form, should be taken lightly.

Write to us if you're interested in reviewing.

Site Details

Cannedcoffee.com is updated every Monday morning. Some weeks may feature a new review and others may feature a new story on or related to coffee. This site is scientifically proven to make that rather meager brew in your corporate coffee pot taste better.


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Caffeinated Goods

Canned coffee is more than a drink. It's a whole fidgety, jacked-up subculture that bonds young punks, middle-aged office workers, fatigued students and even old guys in polo shirts. Enter the world, join the addiction and shop for caffeine-inspired art that would make Balzac proud.

The Coffee Journals

"In the half-lotus position I sit, typing this out and enjoying a lucid dream in which I am being carried upon the 'shoulders' of a glinting, dew-speckled mass of Fire 'Siphon Method' coffee cans."