Located on the side of Nakano, West Tokyo, with young couples and hip mothers, MUTO Coffee Roastery faces an auspicious Shinto shrine and cultural centre. The cafe sits in an alley off the main artery of pedestrians searching for a food establishment to suit their mood. MUTO’s minimalist white storefront with green vines snaking up the side only strikes the viewer facing it head-on.
Swinging the door open, one is flanked by the roaster on the left, brewing equipment on the right, and beans in the display just in front. Deeper inside, one sees the wooden bar, chairs, and tables that seem like a modern twist on an English cottage.
MUTO Coffee Roastery sources along the coffee belt, with beans from Guatemala, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. These are typically a little bit more expensive than the 4 blends at the top of their menu. They also have chocolate and cheesecakes, but no savoury items for lunch or dinner.
I tried one of their blends, which was decent. There were concentrated, chocolatey flavours, although nothing too complex. It went well with the cheesecake, which is lighter than the typical New York Style. The set was 900 JPY, which is a bit pricey for the cake portion, but I felt the ambience made up for it.
The bar table is deep and the coffee tables along the windows are spaced out. In spring, vines and blossoms wrap around the glass panes.
The seats were often half-filled on the weekend, creating a cozy, but quiet, buzz with people catching up. It makes an ideal spot to plant yourself for a few hours and get a bit of work done. I didn’t notice any plugs, and there is no Wi-Fi.
Cafe is Good For:
- Coffee: Pour-over coffee
- Food: A few cake options
- Space: bar table, lounge seats, and 2-people coffee tables
- Friends: Catching up, hangouts
- Work: *No Wi-Fi, but a comfortable place to work out of
- Reading: Yes.
|Address:||3Chome-24-18 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
|Mon – Wed: 11:00 – 20:00
Fri – Sun: 11:00-20:00
|月〜水: 11:00 ～ 20:00
金〜日: 12:00 ～ 18:00
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