Unlimited Coffee Bar, Tokyo

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Founded by World Barista Championship judge Daichi Matsubara and roaster Rena Hirai in July, this nearly five-month-old café in Sumida, Tokyo (not too far from the famous Sensoji Temple of Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree tower) is perhaps the freshest face on the scene where Japanese specialty coffee is concerned.

Yet when we enter this coffee shop, it welcomes with warm tones from dark woods used in its décor and a sure touch with friendly and professional baristas. Petite and cheerful Atsumi Yamashita brews some filter coffee using Colombia Naranjos Fully Washed beans. Her dashing colleague Kota Sato pours us a delightfully winey cold brew coffee made from Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aricha (Natural).

These are some of the best coffees we’ve had in Japan!

Later, Atsumi makes us a cappuccino made from Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Shefo Heirloom beans, smooth and velvety. Kota shakes up a caffeinated cocktail — which comes with the oh-so-cool moniker of Espresso Martini. (Somehow we think Mr. Bond would approve, since it’s shaken, not stirred.)

A slice of homemeade chocolate cake made from single origin Columbia cacao is the perfect pairing for our coffees.

There is even a barista training workshop upstairs, on the second floor, but even if you limit your experience to the ground floor, it’s quite enough. The baristas are warm and considerate (we observe Atsumi grabbing some blankets for a quartet of young girls in short skirts sitting at the next table), and the coffee is simply magnificent.

Watch out for Unlimited Coffee Bar’s stag logo if you spot them on a bag of coffee or two. It’s good stuff, these antlers.

在近來的這趟咖啡之旅中,最大的驚喜則來自Unlimited Coffee Bar。
老闆是世界咖啡師錦標賽的評判之一Daichi Matsubara 和合作夥伴烘豆師 Rena Hirai。
Unlimited Coffee Bar共分兩層,樓下是咖啡館,樓上則是咖啡師培訓室。

則成了這杯風味獨特Espresso Martini;

Unlimited Coffee Bar
1 Chome-18-2 Narihira, Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
Open Tues-Fri 11am-12am / Sat 9am-12am / Sun 9am-10pm / Mon 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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