Where to Get Good Coffee in Tokyo

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Photo of Lucy Dayman
8 January 2018

Though it’s more classically known for its tea, Japan is without a doubt one of the biggest coffee meccas in the world.

From the unique old-style kissaten to coffee in a can no matter how you like it, you can find the perfect cup right here. What makes Tokyo’s coffee scene so vibrant is arguably the Japanese eye for detail. In a country where quality reigns supreme, the brewers here know exactly how to curated the prefect roast. So if you can’t make it to the cafe, don’t worry, here are 11 outlets that sell their beans, so you can always have cafe-style coffee at home.

Yanaka Coffee

Though it’s actually a chain, Yanaka coffee stores have the unique and carefully curated feel you get from independently run stores. A laid-back and quite anti-cell phone establishment, this place is all about taking the time to enjoy your carefully brewed cup. However, if you would rather drink in the comfort of your home, this is a great place to visit too since they have an almost uncountable selection of beans in store. The first thing you’ll notice about this place is the barrels of beans piled up throughout the shop. Choose your bean and watch as the experts here grind them on-site.

Yanaka coffee company….so many beans, so little time #yanakacoffee

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One of Tokyo’s trendiest coffee hangouts, Fuglen is pretty much packed all day long. That’s no problem though; the store’s brew is available for takeaway too. Originating in Olso, Norway, the Fuglen name is synonymous with quality coffee and though it’s only been in Japan for around five years, it’s established itself as one of the best brewers in the country thank in a large part to the high-quality beans.

Roasted in Japan

If you’re not in Japan, but you still want to try the finest coffee this country has to offer, you can always subscribe to Roasted in Japan. An artisanal international coffee delivery service, Roasted in Japan is all about introducing independent Japanese coffee to the world. Through their coffee subscription service, they deliver coffee beans from roasters all over Japan to your doorstep, every month. It’s like travelling Japan through your morning brew.

ABC Coffee Club

Another Japanese subscription service worth exploring is ABC Coffee Club. The team here scours Japan to bring you some of the best offerings from across the nation in the form of a neat, little, ready-to-grind box of beans. Every month the expert team picks a different offering from a different roastery, meaning each delivery is unique. What’s even cooler about these guys is that they have teamed up with local non-profit the Japan SELP Center to employ mentally handicapped individuals, giving them a chance to achieve financial stability and learn useful manual skills.

Peace Coffee Roasters

Peace Roasters are Tokyo’s roasting legends. A café and wholesale coffee outlet, the team here carefully source the best beans form around the globe and roast on-site to ensure perfection. They have a broad selection of dark, medium and light roasts meaning no matter how you like your coffee you’ll always be satisfied.

Switch Coffee

Located in the bustling hub of Meguro sits the tastefully understated Switch Coffee. Letting the quality of the brew speak for itself, the team here is all about taste over showmanship. The cafe owner spent time in Melbourne (one of the coffee snob capitals of the world) where he perfected the art of bean roasting. Today, the philosophy behind Switch is all about getting the best out of their beans by roasting them to perfection.

Little Nap Coffee Roasters

Originally born as a tiny, humble coffee shop called Little Nap Coffee Stand located across from Yoyogi Park, the demand for Little Nap beans became so popular the team was forced to open up a roasting house not too far down the road. Spread over a few levels, Little Nap Coffee Roasters is also a part-time gallery and sometimes live music space. But of course producing top tier coffee is still their main game. If you want perfectly roasted local beans, you can’t go past this place.

Blue Bottle Coffee

Originally born in Oakland, California, Blue Bottle Coffee is arguably as big in japan as it is in its home city. In fact, it’s so popular in Japan, the company now has seven outlets. Check out its stylish flagship store in Kiyosumi to see what all the fuss is about. If you can’t make the journey out there (because it isn’t really central Tokyo), don’t stress, you can also sign up to a coffee delivery service to get your favourite brew delivered right to your door.

Toriba Coffee

Located in the high end Tokyo suburb of Ginza, Toriba Coffee is strictly all about the high-end beans. Spread over two floors, the second floor houses the on-site roaster while the bottom floor displays the huge selection of coffee on offer. If you don’t have all the DIY coffee gear, don’t sweat, they sell everything you need right here on the store’s first floor.

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Obscura Coffee

In the world of Instagram-driven traffic and on trend coffee outlets, Obscura Coffee’s name is pretty apt given their philosophy for avoiding the hype. While many other Tokyo outlets are almost over saturated with social media popularity, the team here is all about focusing solely on producing the best brew it can, which is done to perfection. Modeled to look like a modern day kissaten (Japanese coffeehouse) this is a great place to hang out, but once you’re done you can also take a little bag of Obscura home with you filled to the brim with nothing but some of the highest quality coffee you’ll find in all of Tokyo.

Coffee Supreme

Born in New Zealand in 1993, Supreme Coffee have just opened up their first Tokyo store and within less than six months they’ve become one of the city’s most popular new coffee hangouts. Their trendy but laid back attitude to coffee culture and meticulous eye for detail has seen them seamlessly integrate into Japan’s booming coffee scene. As well as cafe culture curators, Supreme Coffee is also nothing short of a supreme roaster.
42-3 Kamiyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0047, +81 3 5738 7246

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