Chatei Hatou, Shibuya

Ever since the Blue Bottle folks wrote about it, I was intrigued.

The beautiful storefront stands out against its surrounding cement urban jungle.

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Walking in is like going back in time.

I’m glad that the smokers sat at the opposite end lol. I didn’t realize there was indoor smoking at this place. Fortunately, it only affected me briefly when I went to the restroom in the same corner as the smokers.

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Unique assortment of cups, and not a uniform collection.

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The ritual selection of a cup for each customer, and cleaning with boiling / steaming water.

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Home made cakes indeed!

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The chiffon cake was good but nothing particularly special.

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I think what many like about this place is its charming ambiance, thoughtful rituals with attention to detail, and old school feel.

Coffee-wise, the two cups were both very sour, which I think a lot of coffee snobs enjoy. But, I don’t like sour. So, not my cup of coffee.  Now that I’ve experienced it I don’t plan on coming back. I’ll stick to my SF hipster coffees.

Chatei Hatou
1 Chome-15-19 Shibuya
渋谷区 Tokyo 150-0002
Japan

Sarutahiko Coffee, Ebisu & Sengawa

Went to this coffee shop in two different locations.

The Ebisu shop shares its location with another business.

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Got an iced latte. It’s somewhat of a safer choice for me, here in Tokyo. It was ok.

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Noticed these little dog routers around town.

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The Sengawa location looks pretty sweet and has two stories.

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Lol. I don’t even know what they were trying to say.

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Tried a drip coffee this time. Disappointed. I think I should just stick to the lattes, or bring coffee from SF lol.

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And the bathroom was clean. Tiny, but clean.

Sarutahiko Coffee, Ebisu
1-6-6 Ebisu
Shibuya, Tokyo

Sarutahiko Coffee, Sengawa
1-48-3 Sengawacho
Chofu 182-0002, Tokyo

Toranomon Koffee, Toranomon Hills

Looks like a proper third-wave coffee house.

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They’ve got fancy pastries.

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I think this was an iced cafe mocha.

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Iced latte.

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Hand-drip coffee.

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We tried the baked custard too; it was good.

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The coffee was ok but nothing to write home about. I think a lot of places in Japan like to burn / dark roast their coffee beans. Maybe next time I’ll try more of the pastries.

Toranomon Koffee
Toranomon Hills Mori Tower 1-23-1
Toranomon, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan

Bridge Coffee, Kappabashi

Had some coffee here while in Kappabashi kitchen town, though I forgot to take a photo of it. It was ok; not particularly special.

I think what people seem to like is their ice cream, which I didn’t try.

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Bridge Coffee
3-1-12 Matsugaya
Kappabashi Kitchen Town
Taito 111-0036, Tokyo