Eastern Tokyo’s Kiyosumi Shirakawa is one of the unlikeliest places to find some of the best coffee in the city. Some say that coffee masters chose the area because of the large warehouses that are ideally sized for roasters. Others say that the locals created a friendly environment and act as the perfect customers in cafes. No matter the reason, Kiyosumi Shirakawa is now one of Tokyo’s main coffee neighborhoods and should be visited from anywhere in the city.

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    Arise Coffee

    Arise Coffee is a small, one man shop, filled with eccentric decor. The owner, Hayashi Taiju, has been known around the coffee roasting scene for over ten years. In 2013, he decided to open his own cafe and roaster. Arise roasts a variety of beans, up to 16, from all over the world. Customers are spoiled with the vast range of beans, roasted light to dark, from Ethiopia to South America. Taiju encourages customers to try the different beans and identify the subtle tastes that make them unique. The shop is friendly and non-intimidating, and serves as the perfect place to be serious about coffee drinking.

    Arise Coffee Roasters
    rating

    4.0

    17 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Koutou-ku Hirano 1-13-8
    phone
    0336433601
    opening-hour
    10:00-18:00
  • 02

    Arise Coffee Entangle

    The original Arise Coffee location is rather cramped, because of the roasting machine. Taiju has opened a cafe nearby, just a few minutes walk from the roaster. The cafe specializes in pour over coffee, no espresso drinks available. Customers can choose their bean, and the barista hand crafts it into a delectable cup of coffee. The baristas are friendly and happy to recommend a new bean to try. For customers looking to purchase beans, Entangle is the first stop to sample a cup.

    ARiSECOFFEEENTANGLE
    rating

    4.0

    23 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Koto-ku Kiyosumi 3-1-3
    phone
    0358758834
  • 03

    Allpress Espresso

    Hailing from New Zealand, Allpress Espresso is already a big hit in the Southern Hemisphere. Their first Japan location opened in Kiyosumi Shirakawa in 2013 and has stayed there ever since. The building is easily identifiable, with its matte black exterior contrasting with the surrounding light beige office buildings. The cafe itself is cozy and shares a room with the roaster. The interior is slightly industrial looking, with a large glass wall separating the cafe and roaster. The espresso drinks are the star of the menu, especially the flat white. Many expatriates sing the praises of the authentic tasting New Zealand favorite. The cafe also serves pastries and light meals.

    ALLPRESS ESPRESSO ROASTERY&CAFE TOKYO
    rating

    4.0

    51 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Koutou-ku Hirano 3-7-2
    phone
    0358759392
  • 04

    Blue Bottle Coffee

    A coffee town in Tokyo cannot be mentioned without the ever rising star, Blue Bottle. Originally from the Bay Area, California, Blue Bottle has skyrocketed to become the cafe of choice for hip and very caffeinated drinkers. Their Kiyosumi Shirakawa location is large but still gets very crowded on weekends and mornings, with an early opening time of 8AM. Siphon coffee is also served, creating an interesting mix of traditional Japanese kissaten and western light roasted third wave coffee. This cafe also serves as their roasting headquarters. Windows line the exterior and fill the cafe and roaster with natural light.

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    The Cream of the Crop Coffee

    The Cream of the Crop Coffee was the first roaster on the block in Kiyosumi Shirakawa. After they opened, Arise, whose owner worked for Cream of the Crop, opened down the road, then Blue Bottle followed after that. Cream of the Crop is the original of all the coffee warehouses and serves as more of a roaster than a cafe. The building is industrial and lacks in comfort, but the freshly roasted beans and delicate pour overs override the factory-like atmosphere. The cafe part specialises in pour over coffee, showcasing the flavor profile of their beans. All of their drinks are served in to go cups, but customers are welcome to relax and watch the roasters at work, or fight for a spot on the lone sofa. Despite the cold interior, the baristas are friendly and willing to answer questions about the roast of coffee.

    The Cream of the Crop Coffee (Kiyosumi Shirakawa Roaster)
    rating

    4.0

    23 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Koutou-ku Shirakawa 4-5-4
    phone
    0358098523
    opening-hour
    10:00-18:00

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