Recently i've noticed a renewed interest in pour-over coffee.
Prominently used by Intelligenstia Coffee are Japanese drippers, carafes, and a very cool kettle by Hario. Blue Bottle Coffee in San Francisco features an 8-hour "Kyoto style" drip coffee. Last year an international Aeropress (not drip method, but my personal favorite) competition was held in Tokyo.
The Japanese coffee culture seems to have elegantly zeroed in on the design and technique of the brew. I'm planning on buying some coffee-making equipment when I am in Kyoto next month. Does anyone have any recommendations of where I should shop or sample?