People are often sending me cookies and macarons and various things to try on this blog and lately my favorite thing to receive is coffee.
When my partner-in-crime returned from Tokyo, Japan with a box full of goodies, never mind the expensive bags and jewelry pieces he brought – I must say I was most excited about the little bag of “Koffee” from a hidden gem called Omotesando Koffee in Shibuya.
A bit hard to find (you’ll need expert ninja skills or at least a savvy in-the-know tour guide – shout out Daichi Ito!), he says it was one of the best finds on his trip. The shop sits inside a 60-year-old traditional Japanese house and has a few patches of greenery for sitting on a nice day. It’s about as minimalist as you can get.
Inside the shop: The bare essentials – a La Cimbali coffee machine, a coffee grinder, a lone barista (also the store’s owner Eiichi Kunitomo). They have a variety of coffee options; Cafe Latte, Cappuccino, Cafe Mocha, Mochaccino, Granitas, etc. which he sampled a few of during his stay and loved.
I’m going to tell you about my cup of joe which I made here at home with the beans he brought me. He said they carry only one roast style – it was medium-strong with light carmel notes. It went lovely with the Kashi he also brought. A little box with a few baked little custard cubes which looked liked burned marshmallows, they are glossy little squares and tasted like a chewy baked custard. Think maybe like a French Canelé – very similar in texture only more coffee/caramel favor and a bit more dense – also very good.
What started as a 12-month pop up shop, luckily became a permanent fixture in Tokyo. The coffee from this place was right on.
When in Tokyo, do yourself a favor and seek them out.