Jammin Java in Omotesando

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    Omotesando Koffee is has become a mecca for serious coffee lovers. Off the beaten path and an oasis of serenity in the midst of the bustle of Omtesando, this coffee shop is quite a find. Initially a pop up that was slated to be open for only 12 months, it has become a beacon and welcome refuge for caffeine addicts everywhere.


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    The brainchild of owner Eiichi Kunitomo who single handedly runs this shop. In a space no larger than my living room, he holds court making out of this world coffee from his La Cimbali machine. On a busy Sunday he easily made cappuccinos, mochas and espresso shots for multiple customers with lines going out the door for his creations. His movements are like ballet, fluid and purposeful and results that definitely justify the wait.


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    The space itself is minimal and cube shape in design. It is a 60+ year old Michaya (traditional Japanese home) complete with tatami mats that is seemingly anachronistic with its surroundings. The small courtyard and inner cafe space is almost zen like in its compact design with a well placed bonsai tree for contemplation and a garden grove atmosphere to sip your coffee in. On any given day you can see everyone from young to old stopping by to have a sip. It’s a great place to relax, unwind and meet new coffee drinking friends.


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    Fittingly the only other non-coffee item served is a chocolate custard bite of heaven in a cube shape, of course! He only makes a few at a time between coffee brewing sessions. Apparently they can take up to 30-40 min to bake, so if you see them on the counter grab them while you can!

    Definitely worth a visit – a little hard to find but the destination is so worth the journey. A true master at his craft. Here’s hoping this pop up stays around forever!

    Closest exit: Omotesando Station (Ginza, Hanzomon, Chiyoda lines), exit A2

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