From the outside, the year-round Christmas lights and neon coffee sign, Macchinesti Coffee looks like an over-zealous suburban transplant in sophisticated Tokyo. Nonetheless, to the discerning coffee drinker, the red sign clearly says ‘Chemex’, indicating a refined brewing sentiment.
The interior comes as a bit of a surprise. Even though it’s an open space with a simple, industrial shell, the eclectic furniture and setup effectively section off each of the seating areas so that you feel you have your own space – whether to work yourself, or to catch up with friends in a group. There are plenty of English books on the shelf to flip through with titles such as Uzbek Cooking and coffee bibles.
Their main business is actually weekly roasting, and they offer whole beans from the common favourites such as Ethiopia, Sumatra, Honduras, and Brazil.
I had a Wet Cappuccino (as opposed to the traditional Italian Dry one with 2 oz foam, 2 oz milk, and 2 oz espresso). My friend had a latte with lychee flavouring. The latte art is good, but the single-shot ratio to milk results in a weak coffee. I would suggest specifying a double shot milk espresso, or ordering a macchiato or a Chemex in order to properly sample their roasting techniques.
It’s about a 10-minute walk from Kinshicho Station, which means that it usually serves the residential neighbourhood. On the weekdays, it’s a great place to work as it’s quiet, has WiFi, and the staff won’t mind you taking up the big table at the back. There will always be locals coming through, such as moms catching up with their kids, and it adds a nice ambience. They have an English menu available.
- Coffee: Espresso, pour-over coffee (would recommend the pour over or a macchiato)
- Light Meals & Cakes
- Space: various sofas and tables for big and small groups
- Friends: Hangouts & catching up
- Work: WiFi Available
|Address:||3-11-5 Midori, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo
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