A review of Terasaki Coffee in Kofu, Yanamashi by an amateur coffee enthusiast and shoestring digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability.
I saw the roasting machine first. It sat regally in its own room, and the barista ran from the closet unit beside to go check on the batch. That’s when I noticed what looked like a coffee stand just beside it: Terasaki Coffee.
Located about 10-minutes walk from Kofu Station in the downtown commercial area, Terasaki Coffee is a convenient place to set shop after some strolling and sight-seeing.
The cafe usually has about 3 home roasts on offer that include hand drip and espresso options. I opted for the hand-drip Konga, which was supposed to have some light fruity notes.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much, but the iced Konga stopped me in my tracks. Oftentimes, Japanese coffee ends up being too light and weak for foreign tastes and gets even more watered down with ice. My drink was packed with an intense fruity flavour even though it was already cooled.
The seating area upstairs has seats with natural lighting and outlets. An architect was working out of there when I arrived. Also flip through their book and magazine collection, which has Japanese coffee brewing books, magazines, and many coffee table books like Kinfolk.
I didn’t get any snacks, but light pastries and other home-made items are available as well.
Their Story / What I like About Them:
Terasaki Coffee opened about 3 years ago and is staffed by two friendly local guys who already have a decent Instagram following. The duo give the place a warm, laid-back feel as they wait patiently for everyone to make up their minds. Plus, they tape postcards from around the world on their wall just behind the bar (instant double points!).
Even though the cafe had steady traffic, most of the customers even on a weekend were take-out. Anyone sitting upstairs can safely stay for a few hours without feeling like they’re taking up someone else’s spot in what feels like a classic cottage-cross-work-attic-studio.
- Coffee: Pour-over filter coffee, espresso. They roast their own.
- Food: Pastries
- Cafe Space: Upper floor with window benches, communal table (about 6-8 people), 2-person tables
- Friends: Hangouts & catching up
- Workspace: Plugs available. Great for reading and work.
- Remote Work: Bring your own pocket WiFi.
|Hours (Closed Mondays, even holidays)
|Tues – Fri: 7:30-18:00 (火〜金)
Weekends: 10:00-18:00 (土・日)