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Specialty Coffee with Japanese Style at Omotesando Koffee

The original Omotesando Koffee was an oasis in bustling Tokyo with its relaxed vibe and excellent coffee. Read on to discover the origins of the global coffee enterprise.

Entrance to Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Entrance to Omotesando Koffee

While in Tokyo, we were pleasantly surprised by the city’s love of coffee. Japan certainly has wonderful teas, but coffee is clearly popular with Tokyites of all ages too.

This is a city with great coffee shops everywhere, even inside train stations. While we really liked the coffee chain Beck’s for a quick latte on the go, we fell in love with Omotesando Koffee for its more complete coffee experience.

Omotesando Koffee

Coffee Shop Oasis at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Coffee Shop Oasis

We had read about the tiny coffee shop in the Omotesando neighborhood, so we headed there for an afternoon pick-me-up on our way to Harijuku. We wandered through the streets laced with hair salons and boutiques until we found the coffee oasis. The coffee shop was so small that we almost walked by it, but we found it with the help of google maps and Daryl’s eagle eye.

Kashi Treat at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Kashi Treat

Without question, the coffee shop was an exercise in Japanese minimalism. It pretty much consisted of a La Cimbale espresso machine, a few items for sale and a tastefully manicured garden with two benches. The cafe’s stylish yet tranquil vibe provided us with an oasis in the Tokyo megalopolis.

Minimalistic Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Minimalistic Omotesando Koffee

The owner, Eiichi Kunitomo, expertly crafted each coffee without assistance. Kunitomo honed his barista skills in Italy and Osaka, and Omotesando’s beans are specially roasted in Kyoto.

Our First Visit

We both chose iced cappuccinos during our initial visit.

Dusting the Iced Cappuccinos at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Dusting the Iced Cappuccinos

In an aesthetic twist, Kunitomo lightly dusted the foamy drinks with espresso powder to create a fun fuzzy layer at the top.

Iced Cappuccino at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Iced Cappuccino

The quality of the drinks was enhanced by the serene garden where we drank them. Those drinks energized us for the rest of the day and motivated us to return for another round.

Our Second Visit

We shared an iced mocha latte during our second visit.

Finishing Touches at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Finishing Touch

We had to order an iced mocha after watching Kunitomo prepare one during our first visit. In fact, we obsessed about the iced beverage between visits.

Iced Mocha Latte at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Iced Mocha Latte

Our obsession was justified. Our drink was a work of typical high Japanese design craftsmanship. It was delicious too.

A True Gem at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
A True Gem

Starbucks Disclosure

We visited Starbucks several times on our initial Tokyo trip for two reasons – free wi-fi and refreshing frappuccinos. There are like a thousand Starbucks shops in Japan with different flavors compared to Starbucks in the US.

Matcha Frappuccio at Starbucks in Tokyo Japan
Matcha Frappuccino

We fell in love with the Matcha Frappuccino which is made with green tea powder, milk, ice and whipped cream. Sadly, we just missed the seasonal Candy Orange Frappuccino. We did get to sample the new seasonal Tiramisu Frappuccino flavor, though we preferred the Matcha.

Yum! at Starbucks in Tokyo
Yum!

Since prices were comparable to Starbucks in the states, we shared several throughout the week. Yum!

Important Update
Omotesando Koffee is now permanently closed in Tokyo. However, Kunimoto has opened locations in Hong Kong and London. We’ve visited Omotesando shops in both global cities with positive results. While the Tokyo shop’s closure is bad for Tokyo, it’s good for the world of coffee.

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About the Authors

About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Funding
We self-funded our trip to Tokyo.

Original Publication Date: April 27, 2013

Divya

Monday 10th of April 2017

What a stunning cafe! I have heard so much about the coffee culture in Japan. Can't wait to explore it!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Monday 10th of April 2017

Although you will love the coffee culture in Japan, you will have to visit Hong Kong to experience Omotesando Koffee. As we noted at the bottom of this article this coffee shop has relocated to Hong Kong.

Alison

Friday 13th of January 2017

OMG this just killed me. I was just freaking out about how much I used to love this place and then came here for the read... only to see that it's been closed?!?! So sad. And so scary to think that it's been that long since I was last in that part of Japan. But thanks for the memories.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Friday 13th of January 2017

We'll have to find new coffee shops when we return to Tokyo, though it will be hard to beat Omotesando!

Sarah

Sunday 12th of October 2014

Love this! I literally get excited to drink coffee the night before as I'm going to sleep. Love hearing about new flavors around the world too!

vetsbeyondreason

Monday 29th of April 2013

I also enjoyed the Shibuya coffee lab, which seemed to produce its coffee in chemistry beakers, and Ogawa coffee found somewhere in the maze that is the Kyoto railway station.

chebandbecky

Sunday 28th of April 2013

Omotesando looks really different. I love it! Great photos. Thanks for sharing.