Tokyo Cafes: MUTO Coffee Roastery

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…