Omotesando Koffee has closed in December 2015. Toranomon Koffee is still open in Minato-Ku if you’re interested in the brand.
Did you know that the best coffee on earth is located in the trendy backstreets of Omotesando? Yeh, I didn’t know either until I read the online reviews of Omotesando Koffee. ‘Pinnacle of Coffee’, ‘Zen Atmosphere’, ‘Staring Tom Hanks’. Okay, that last one was made up but reading those reviews is more like reading the RottenTomatoes cliff notes of Christopher Nolans latest Hollywood epic. I’m not one for superlatives so I’ll just say this, if you like coffee you should visit Omotesando Koffee.
Omotoseando Koffee (The K is for effect perhaps?) originally opened in 2011 with the intention of only being open for 12 months by Bread, Espresso & owner Eiichi Kunitomo, Omotesando Koffee makes use of an essentially abandoned tatami floored home with a 3 x 3 meter metal frame encasing a lone LaCimbali M31 Dosatron with a sole barista working through the queue. It’s almost an exhibition in making a coffee. Business is good because he’s still open and the line is usually out the door.
Small baked custard square canelés, not much bigger than a die, serve as the only other item available and are made in a small enough quantity that they are sold out before the lunch time crowd arrives in droves. The Sunday I visited Omotesando Koffee presented a line with a 25 minute wait where no one bemoaned of the waiting time.
‘But I need my coffee fix now’ I hear your screams and usually I’d be right there with you, but not this time. This time, you know you’re gonna get the same attention to detail as the person ahead of you and it’s simply fine.
The Iced Cappuccino (¥560) and Latte (¥500) that I ordered, goes without saying really, was awesome. Not entirely sure it was worth a 40 minute total wait (because I lined up a second time) but I did wait and didn’t mind. It’s just part in parcel with a space such as this… and just me wanting more material for this website.
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