What coffee things should I buy/visit while in Tokyo?

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#1: Post by fnacer »

Is there anything coffee-related I should get, while I'm visiting Tokyo next month, that is unusual, easier to get, better made, or better priced than in the States? Any place with coffee "significance" I should visit?


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#2: Post by baldheadracing »

If I was ever in Tokyo, then I would want to go to Kitchentown and Union coffee supply - if you are into coffee equipment. https://www.foodrepublic.com/2015/12/02 ... chen-town/
https://uncomfortablycaffeinated.wordpr ... eet-tokyo/
What I'm interested in is my worst espresso being fantastic - James Hoffmann


#3: Post by ojt »

I would get an Origami dripper :) In fact, I may be going there sometime next year.


#4: Post by njw »

there are several threads on reddit about the tokyo coffee scene. i've never been, but reading through them had me excited to go!


also, tetsu kasuya (who won wbrc) has a shop called philocoffea that i didn't see mentioned and kurasu is a shop with a lot of brewing gear.

hope you have a blast!


#5: Post by pafcio0 »

Been to Tokyo couple of times, if you don't mind using google translate, you might find my photostory I posted on Polish forum quite useful:


#6: Post by Ora »

ojt wrote:I would get an Origami dripper :) In fact, I may be going there sometime next year.
You cant get it in the states? I was interested in one


#7: Post by ojt » replying to Ora »

I'm in Europe so wouldn't know. Haven't found any online shops here, though haven't searched much either. I figured I'd get it when I'm in Japan next time. Or in Finland where I know one café who sells them.


#8: Post by Ora » replying to ojt »

I did some searching and it seems https://kurasu.kyoto/products/origami-d ... 8261935209 ships worldwide. Now im just wondering whats the difference between small and medium size besides volume of brewed coffee. Id like to know what the brewers champion used.


#9: Post by grind727 »

I did a side trip out to the Shimokitazawa neighborhood in the Tokyo suburbs to visit Bear Pond Espresso. It was worth it for the neighborhood itself, which has a bohemian vibe to it and is a nice break from the city. There's a lot of interesting shops to explore.

Based on Bear Pond's online reviews, just be warned that some people have had less than stellar experiences and the owner, Katsu Tanaka, can be a little prickly; but, I had a great visit and chatted with Katsu for quite some time. He seemed like a nice guy. I think if you're someone that shows an appreciation for what he's doing rather than just visiting to check a box, you'll get a good reception. It's best to get there in the morning and check first to make sure he's open. I think he only does espressos for a certain block of time, ending by noon or early afternoon. Based on our conversation it sounds like he made his money in a previous occupation and this is now a passion project for him, so he's really doesn't care about mass appeal. He's known for doing a super-ristretto type of espresso shot and an iced drink he calls the Big Dirty. Definitely quirky.

https://www.eater.com/2012/8/23/6552077 ... -bear-pond

I second the suggestion to visit Kappabashi-dori, or kitchen street. I don't remember seeing any coffee equipment there, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's a whole block of it down one of the side streets. It's a really fun place to visit for anyone that likes kitchen gadgets.


#10: Post by grind727 »

One more thing, here's a coffee experience that is likely unique to Tokyo: https://tokyocoffee.org/2016/05/29/cafe-de-lambre/

They sell aged coffee. It's in Ginza, so it's not far off the beaten path.