Kiyosumishirakawa in Tokyo has recently become known as the town of coffee thanks to its abundance of amazing cafes. I would like to introduce you to five cafes in Kiyosumishirakawa that are definitely worth visiting if you are in the area for your daily dose of caffeine.
iki ESPRESSO TOKYO is known as an Oceanian style cafe which is represented by the style of cafes in New Zealand and Australia. It comes from the fact that this cafe uses coffee beans imported from a New Zealand based roasting company and the idea that in New Zealand, people wake up early to eat a hearty breakfast. Other than their amazing coffee, iki ESPRESSO TOKYO provides full breakfast meals from eggs benedict to tarts and quiches.
Blue Bottle Coffee is an American-based coffee brand from Oakland, California and they chose Kiyosumishirakawa as the location of their first cafe in Japan. Their most popular coffee is made from high-quality coffee beans and is hand dripped by a professional barista. Their store is actually a former storage building renovated to accommodate roastery, a cafe, an office, a barista training room, and a pastry factory. When you enter the store, you will smell the great aroma of their coffee beans and their pastries are also satisfying!
The Cream of the Crop Coffee brand can be easily identified by their cute dog logo. All of their coffee is roasted in the shop and so everything from the roasting to the dripping of the coffee is done right on site. They provide many types of coffee beans from several countries including Indonesia, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and others.
This New Zealand based coffee shop specializes in espressos. For their coffee they use arabica type coffee beans, creating a clear-cut aftertaste in the coffee. They also sell the coffee beans in the store, so if their coffee is to your liking, you can buy a bag for yourself to make at home.
I personally love the architecture of the building that Fukadaso is in. This cafe is in a renovated apartment building and has a concrete exterior with antique interior decorations. Their coffee goes perfectly with their home baked goods such as their cheesecakes or scones.
If you ever happen to visit Kiyosumishirakawa, the town of coffee, be sure to get your caffeine rush at one of these cafes!