The Roastery by Nozy

    Nozy is, at least in my humble opinion, the standard for Tokyo Coffee and the local institution to beat. It is a pinnacle of quality and sophistication, leading the way for artisan coffee’s global domination. The Roastery is a gem. From the design aesthetics to the “American” style cappuccino, the folks at Nozy know how to…

Paddlers Coffee

  Paddlers Coffee has made a name for itself as a local institution, and for good reason. Paddlers is one of only a few shops that exclusively sources quality Stumptown beans in Tokyo and knows how to brew them well! Add to that the mellow atmosphere (a welcome respite in the busy Shibuya district) and jovial personality…

Identity Coffee (Closed)

    Identity is a high-end boutique coffee shop in the heart of Harajuku. Newer to the scene, they bring tried-and-true tactics to the bar with an overall great approach to the craft. Not only are they offering top quality espressos and pour-over coffees but they are also an exemplar of Japanese (hesitant to essentialize) service….

Streamer Coffee

Streamer has been a kind of holy-grail of coffee for me and a shop I have looked forward to visiting since I started this website. I first heard about them after reading some articles and watching their champion Sawada Hiroshi throw down some mind blowing latte art to claim international accolades. If there was ever a coffee…

Bear Pond

Bear Pond had an intriguing reputation that proceeded it; I heard the shop boasted excellent quality but was also notoriously “rude.” Usually, I shy away from such places, especially for the sake of objectivity in my reviews, but I wanted to see what customers meant by “rude” because, by my personal standards, Japanese “rude” is…

Be a Good Neighbor (Skytree)

     I found Be a Good Neighbor after going into “good coffee” withdrawals. After visiting some really great shops in Tokyo, I wanted to find a more local, domestic roaster within my district on the east-side of the city. Someone recommended that I check out Be a Good Neighbor. Luckily there was a location just…

Dean & Deluca Tokyo

I have visited the Dean & Delucas in New York on a few occasions but  never had the chance to try their coffee. To be honest, when I went into the upper Eastside store and saw their beautiful LM GB/5 with a steam wand covered in milk scale, let’s just say, I was not exactly…

びーんず亭(Beans Stop)

   During my recent trip in Japan, I never expected to find a place like Bean Stop. Earlier in the week, I had read an article about “Kyoto Coffee Culture” and was not thoroughly convinced. As much as US shops seem to indicate that “artisan coffee is booming in Japan” with the Kyoto Drip trend,…

カフェ セレーサ/ Cafe Cereza

Cafe Cereza was a home away from home when I lived in Japan. Though I was working a lot, I did visit some shops to get a feel for Japanese style coffee. I had some mixed experiences and while I originally created this website while I was there living there, it slowly faded into non-existence….

Le Boudoir

Small, centrally located store, right around the corner from the Meitetsu station. There is a spacious indoor with a bar and a lounge area. It was great to see that the store used hand operated equipment for espresso and milk steaming. The shots were done very well. Cakes and other fancy pastries were available and very fancy looking. To…

Cafe Opus (オパスカフェ)

I am writing this review way too late, but I remember it well enough to write a decent review. I used to come here after work every Wednesday since it was the only day I got off early enough to go out. Every week, without fail, I ordered the same thing: omuraisu and a coffee. My Japanese…

鴨川のStarbux

    Wait what? This noob is gonna review a Starbux? Yup, deal with it. I am writing this article to emphasize the importance of shop location. It is, literally, on prime real estate, right on the most beautiful river in Kyoto, on a busy street, with the only public bathroom around. And, you know you…