Release Date: Jan 8, 2016
Two Thousand and Fifteen was a big year for third wave coffee in Tokyo. The roasters and the baristas were extremely motivated in experimenting with different roasts and brews, the customers were more curious than ever, various coffee festivals were held showcasing the quality and diversity (with lines as long as those at Disneyland!), and we here at goodcoffee.me were extremely excited watching and documenting it all take place.
There’s a lot of global attention on the coffee industry over here now. And it’s due to many things. But more than anything, it’s because of the tight-knit community that exists in the coffee scene in Japan primarily focused around learning and sharing, and the attention to detail, like all things Japanese, that really gives it that special touch.
In 2015, we loved visiting new coffee shops and seeing young roasters set up shop to hone and show their craft. And we say CONGRATULATIONS!!! to the list of 27 shops opened in Tokyo in 2015. Omedetooo!!
The AIRSTREAM GARDEN, Omotesando
Coffee time behind Omotesando Hills in a unique spaceship-like van.
Blue Bottle Coffee, Aoyama
The biggest Blue Bottle in the world, holding approximately 70 customers, with just as many guaranteed in the queue.
Blue Bottle Coffee, Kiyosumi Shirakawa
The first Blue Bottle to open (of many we predict!) in Japan. It’s spacious warehouse is home to a roaster and training facility.
Specialising in breakfast and lunch – Buik has quickly become a favourite amongst locals.
CAFE & HALL ours, Osaki
Serving Switch Coffee (Meguro), this is the place to get your coffee fix in the Osaki area.
Cafe 1886 at Bosch, Shibuya
Part of the big Transit group, this cafe’s interior reflects the Bosch brand very well. Coffee by TORIBA.
CITY -Hand Drip Coffee-, Koenji
One of our favorites (even though we’re not really allowed to have any), this is the place to visit on your next day off!
A shop in shop – this impressive store was produced by the one and only Kumagai-San. It’s a must see.
Connel Coffee, Aoyama Itchome
This cafe, by Switch Coffee, wins the award for the best design this year. An absolute hidden gem on the second floor.
Life Size Cribe, Kokubunji
Yoshida-san spent a while learning the ropes at Paul Bassett and now shows his beautiful latte-art in his own cafe. He’ll also fix your bike there too if you have any troubles!
Double Tall Coffeebar, Shibuya
This little take-away stand is one of the go to shops when you’re on the run!
GLITCH COFFEE & ROASTERS, Jimbocho
You can sit within hand’s reach of the roaster here. And the roaster is a “shared roaster” – the first of it’s kind in Japan.
Hi Monsieur, Setagaya Daita
With the most unique items on display for sale, it’s one of the most beautiful spaces serving coffee in Tokyo.
Ki, Setagaya Daita
Featured in various design magazines all over the world, Ki is really something special. Something special is a massive understatement.
niko and…TOKYO, Harajuku
One of the biggest select shops in Harajuku, there is an area devoted to coffee and coffee magazines.
ON THE WAY, Shimokitazawa
Specialising in cup cakes and coffee, this shop is one of the cutest places you’ll be able to find in Tokyo.
PNB, Ikejiri Ohashi
An amazing story in itself, the beautiful PNB is owned and operated by 23 year old Peter Ny Buhl. We encourage everyone to visit this place at least once.
Famous for cakes, this place does not disappoint. If you’re in the Kamakura area, a detour to this establishment is a must.
Ratio &C, Gaien-mae
The interior designers that brought you Blue Bottle now bring you Ration &C. Produced by Onibus Coffee.
Son of the bar, Shibuya
The hippest place in town, Son of the bar (a cafe by fashion label Son of the Cheese) ticks all the boxes.
SARUTAHIKO COFFEE – H.I.S Tabi to Hon to Coffee to, Omotesando
Teaming up with travel agent HIS TRAVEL, Sarutahiko is serving really good pour over and espressos.
4-3-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
SARUTAHIKO COFFEE Atelier Sengawa, Sengawa
One of the biggest cafes to open in 2015, check out the massive roaster on the second floor there. How on earth did they get it up there!?
SARUTAHIKO COFFEE H.I.S Shibuya, Shibuya
The HIS TRAVEL companion expands to Shibuya, opening a small setup in the basement of the new Marui department store.
3-1-26 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
STREAMER ESPRESSO atmos Harajuku, Omotesando
A tiny addition to the Streamer family. This store is located underneath a shoe shop near by the famous Takeshita Dori.
3-22-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
STREAMER ESPRESSO – MODI, Shibuya
Opening in the new Marui department store in Shibuya, right by HMV, Streamer is taking over Shibuya!
MODI 6F 1-21-3 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Talk and come again, Sendagaya
One of the first cafes to have opened using crowd-funding – Nathalie is running one of the coolest (and friendliest!) corner cafes in Tokyo!
4/4 Seasons, Shinjuku
Just around the corner from Shinjuku station, this is a cool new setup offering beans for a variety of roasters and origins.
Happy New Year to all the cafes and the customers, and we look forward to bringing you more news about coffee shops and coffee culture in Japan and the rest of the world in this year!
Photography by Nik van der Giesen