Tokyo Cafes: Minedrip Coffee @ Impact Hub Tokyo

A review of independent coffee roaster, Minedrip Coffee pop-up shop at the Impact Hub Tokyo, a co-working space, in Meguro. Notes are by an amateur coffee enthusiast and shoestring digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability. Most photos are shot with a second-hand Fujifilm X100.

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Vida Cafetera — Photo by Athena Lam

Cafe Overview:

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Minedrip Coffee has a pop-up shop at the Impact Hub Tokyo — Photo by Athena Lam

As a digital nomad, I had looked up the Impact Hub Tokyo soon after landing in Japan in early 2016. Based on my previous work experience in impact investing and social startups, I was eager to learn more about Japanese entrepreneurs.

Located about 10-minutes walk from Meguro Station, the  Impact Hub is a community of entrepreneurs and freelancers, mostly working on social businesses. Minedrip Coffee is one of the many collaborations that the Impact Hub has done over the years to support entrepreneurs who want to prototype and test product-market fits.

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Minedrip serves a variety of independent Japanese roasters, mostly from Tokyo — Photo by Athena Lam

Minedrip Coffee opened in December 2016 and serves a variety of beans from roasters such as Trunk, Glitch, Vida Cafetera, Coffee County, Nagasawa Coffee, AND Coffee Roasters, Sakai Coffee, and Onibus Coffee. A handy flavour profile axis is available in English and Japanese to help you pick. The price is pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth, for now. 🙂

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Visitors brew their own coffee with guidance — Photo by Athena Lam

After you’ve picked, your beans will be ground for you. Then…wait for it…you’ll make your own coffee! What if you’ve never done it? No problem. The scale is calibrated to 0. The water is heated for you already. Pour the water evenly for the first 30 seconds and cover all the beans. Then, continue pouring in rounds (stopping when the beans rise to around the top). Your cup will be done when you hit 236 grams.

As a tip, pour in a circular fashion and try to achieve a nice rounded balloon shape.

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A successful brew with 236 grams of coffee  Photo by Athena Lam

You can take your cup and sit anywhere in the Impact Hub’s common space, which includes Wi-Fi and plenty of extension cords. Needless to say, the co-working space is meant for remote work.

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— Photo by Athena Lam

You’ll find a variety of seating options from sofas for meetings to work benches and bar tables. Take your pick! The Impact Hub may have events, espeically in the evening. During the day, the space will always have people going in and out, but everyone is there to work. As a result, the vibe has a friendly community atmosphere without the sometimes overly-lively chatter of cafes.

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The Impact Hub’s various DIY pieces of furniture — Photo by Athena Lam

Their Story / What I like About Them:

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Founder Taku Kodaira — Photo by Athena Lam

Founder Taku Kodaira is a coffee lover who has sampled great beans in various countries. In his conversations with roasters and cafes in Japan, he’s come to realise how small and immature the market is.

We spent a good hour talking about beans from various roasters and also their varying shelf life. It turns out that Taku is creating an app that will help baristas record their coffee brewing results, which can help contribute to further roasting refinement.

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Visitors pay what they think the coffee is worth — Photo by Athena Lam

I appreciated Taku’s passion for a good cup and undogmatic observations about varying coffee quality. Why do some beans / roasts last longer than others? Is it the roasting method or packaging? We simply don’t know. Taku also brings in a long-term business vision that can raise the bar for barista quality and ultimately, the consumer as well. We discussed his business model and he was also open in sharing his knowledge of the business of coffee, such as which companies have bought which respected “indie” roasters. This open exchange brings a steady trickle of people, Hub members and otherwise, to Minedrip’s counter.

To some, coffee is alchemy and its mysteries can be left to the intuition and experience of the masters. But coffee can also be shared and accessible. Minedrip is helping people realise that one cup at a time. After all, life’s too short to have bad coffee.

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Small touches — Photo by Athena Lam

Good For:

  • Coffee: Directed self pour over
  • Food: Pastries
  • Cafe Space: Impact Hub common space (20+ seats)
  • Friends: Hangouts, catching up, work
  • Workspace: bar tables, group coffee tables, individual coffee tables, high tables
  • Remote Work: Wi-Fi & outlets available
Address:  〒153-0063 東京都目黒区目黒2-11-3
Impact Hub Tokyo 2-11-3 Meguro, Tokyo
Website:  Website / Facebook
Hours: (Check if it’s at the Impact Hub)
営業日 [無休]
Weekdays: 9:00 – 22:00 平日
Weekends: 10:00 – 20:00 週末

If you liked this post, check out my list of Off-Centre Tokyo Cafes.

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