Undoubtedly, Tokyo is one of the best cities in the world to drink quality coffee. In recent years, numerous shops have opened. Some show a fierce attitude toward single-origins, and some articulate their taste and world with complex blends. For sure, the market is highly competitive.
In those outstanding coffee scenes here, you can get an opportunity to taste various types of coffee at the same time, several times a year.
Tokyo Coffee Festival started in Autumn 2015 and has established itself as a seasonal event, featuring a number of notable coffee shops from all over Japan. On the 18th & 19th of March, the 6th edition was held with nice weather of an upcoming Spring. This time, it set its theme on “Local”, to rethink and remind ourselves of relationships between coffee shops and their local communities.
At the venue, over 40 shops served their best coffee over a course of two days. The event offers a special package for 1,000 yen (about 9 euro), enabling visitors to try 5 small cups from shops they can choose. So it is easier for them to make a comparison amongst 5 cups and find out what kind of taste they like most: for instance, sour, fruity, nutty, more chocolate-like… And if you find a cool shop or likable baristas, why not talking to them and then visit them at their local shop?
Note that baristas are more or less willing to communicate in English in this country. For foreigners, that could be a crucial factor getting into the local community.
Once you are part of the crowd at the venue, you can see how many people are crazy about coffee. But there are also some shops providing goods to magnify the coffee experience at Tokyo Coffee Festival. You can enjoy local and international foods, buy some glossaries directly from publishers, and take a bundle of beautiful flowers back home. All of these are completely compatible with coffee, which makes you feel that not only coffee but also other good stuff make your life nicer.
Tokyo Coffee Festival offers an opportunity to get good coffee. But that’s not all. It also serves as a place for folks to meet, gather and communicate. Besides, it makes people notice of goods and things that shape up our daily lives. Tasty foods, quality clothes, beautiful flowers, books, art...
This is information, from Tokyo, just for you. Thanks for the read through.
Next Tokyo Coffee Festival is already set on June 24 & 25. Summer…the season of iced coffee!
See you then!
Words by captain Taiga