Café Obscura, Tokyo

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Sangenjaya is a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood that happens to be a stone’s throw away from the beating heart of the Tokyo city centre. We walk with a map in our hands and our Japanese friend Satomi in tow. We are on the hunt for another café, naturally.

This time, the café in question is Café Obscura. Besides being a showcase for the beans roasted by Obscura Coffee Roasters at their Laboratory (a few minutes walk away at a separate site), this is the only café we’ve visited in Tokyo thus far to serve nothing but siphon coffee.

There’s a minimalist ambience here that’s not too austere either. Exposed concrete walls are softened by shelves of books on art and design. A simple food menu on chalkboard – sandwiches and fluffy chiffon cake – adds substance to an afternoon tea.

But it’s the coffee that is the draw here: beans range from single origins to blends, while the counter is crafted to offer every customer a demonstration of the alchemic process of brewing siphon coffee. It’s a performance; it’s a delicious wait. It’s a perfect place to linger, have a conversation or read a book, and simply enjoy a cup of black coffee.

一家是之前介紹過的Nozy Coffee,而另一家就是Café Obscura.

皇琲亭所用的粗研磨不斷水法,還有Café de l’Ambre的法蘭絨。
而Café Obscura 則是這幾天所拜訪過的咖啡館里,

Café Obscura
1 Chome-9-16 Sangenjaya, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Tue-Sun 12pm-11pm / Mon & third Wed of the month closed

Kenny is a writer. CK is a photographer. Together they café-hop around the world and have contributed to The Malay Mail Online, Time Out, and other cool publications. Read more of Kenny’s stories at Life for Beginners and check out CK’s photography at Devil's Tales 胡思亂想.

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