We enter the coffee shop on a rainy day, glad to escape the weather. We leave the behind us the dusty bookstores, crammed floor to ceiling with old and used books. We leave behind the aging noodle shops and the shower-slicked streets of Jimbocho.
Here at Glitch Coffee & Roasters is an entire world hidden away yet very much part of the neighbourhood its owner, 2014 Japan AeroPress Champion Kiyokazu Suzuki, has chosen. This space isn’t meant to be busy or fashionable; quite the opposite. Suzuki chose it for its serenity and sense of community. As other customers walk in, their ready, friendly smiles tell us they are regulars.
Opened two and half years ago, Glitch Coffee has that ambience of casual camaraderie. The open counter where we observe our baristas work their magic at the pour-over station. The take-out window that is so retro. The unobtrusive music that never reduces to the level of a commercial café soundtrack.
Our coffee is black, tea-like and light in body, yet deepens in flavour as we sip slowly, allowing it to cool. Single origin beans rather than blends. An almond croissant and a charcoal bagel help to sate our appetites as we wait out the rain. We are in no hurry.
The roasting machine, 5kg Probat Roaster, stands quiet while we are here but we learn it’s part of a shared roaster project that enables other cafés to roast their own beans. It’s all about experimenting and sharing the results and learning. Hence the name “Glitch” – it is the small glitches that arise in the process of roasting beans and brewing coffee that create opportunities for new discoveries.
We understand the concept; after all, isn’t coming here a discovery for us too, and a very happy one at that.
Glitch Coffee & Roasters: Jimbocho
3-16 Nishikicho, Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Mon-Fri 7:30am-8pm / Sat-Sun 9am-7pm