Speaking of Specialty coffee, I would like to introduce some of the coffee shops I visited in my last Japan trip!
The Roastery @ Omotesando (Harajuku)
First is The Roastery in Harajuku, Tokyo.
Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya areas are known to have nice cafes and coffee shops. Many popular pancake shops are also located here and recently, Magnolia Bakery, the famous NY cupcake shop, opened their first branch in Japan as well! It’s a trendy and hot spot for the cafe lovers!
The Roastery is located in one of the small stretch of road that leads from Omotesando Harajuku to Shibuya.
The shop reminds us of some cozy cafes in the west coast of the U.S., and being part of a large restaurant & cafe group, it’s quite spacious for a cafe in Tokyo.
They serve New York Ring here! It’s a donuts made from croissant dough and is popular as ‘cronuts’ in the U.S.!
Their coffee menu is quite simple and you choose from Americano, Espresso and Cappuccino from the two types of coffee beans. They change the beans on a weekly basis, more or less. The beans are roasted in the shop itself, as you can see from the first photo, and they share the same Specialty coffee beans with NOZY coffee, another famous coffee shop in Tokyo.
We tried their cappuccino and espresso, together with the N.Y. Ring! The espresso had a very powerful flavor, and even with cappuccino where normally milk makes the coffee tastes blend, I could feel the strong characteristics of the Specialty coffee beans. We liked the coffee beans so much that we bought back a few packets of COE and Specialty coffee beans that were available in the shop. Price range from JPY1,200/200g to JPY1,800/200g (RM40-RM70).
As for their Americano, they were using French Press and not hand-dripping (pour over) style.
Coutume @ Omotesando (Aoyama)
Just 10 minutes walk from The Roastery, in same Omotesando (Aoyama) area, we found another Specialty Coffee shop called Coutume. This shop, which is newly opened in April 2014, is a Paris found cafe. It has various kinds of coffee but especially specializes in French Press.
Look at this French Press machine! It is completely computerized and looks very stylish!
I honestly don’t appreciate French press as much as the hand dripping style, but some people say that French press can extract the nice coffee oil which the hand dripping will take away from using filter paper.
In contrast with the wooden feel of previous cafe, The Roastery, Coutume was a bright and white stylish cafe! Fashionable like Paris!
Even the way they serve was cute and stylish, with some details of the coffee bean explained in the transparent cube that came along with the coffee.
We ordered their specialty French press hot and ice coffee. My friend ordered their Pour over coffee and it was served in this cute glass pot.
Overall we had a good experience! My husband liked the modern and minimalist design and of course the automated French press machine was very impressive! Ok, I will talk about other cafes in my next post! Have a good day!
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