The Art of Coffee at Koffee Mameya

Koffee Mameya is discreetly located on a small back street in Omotesando.  In fact, it is located inside a most unassuming house that we would have walked right past if it wasn’t for the family of 4 standing outside with their suitcases and bags.

“Can you take a picture of us, please?  This has been our home for the last few weeks, ” said the wife.

Air BnB I assumed.  After taking their photo I pointed at the black square on the left side of the house, “I love that!”

To which the wife responded, “Oh, there’s a coffee shop inside.”

 

There is no sign that says Koffee Mameya or any sign visible from the street announcing that there is a shop of any kind inside.  Instead, you have to look out for their subtle logo of a 6×6 gold square grid and the black wooden square boxing out the front left corner of the house.  It will lead you to a gravel-covered courtyard with a stone path to a low sliding glass door that enters into a beautiful concrete space.  Discreet as it might have been, we were in the footsteps of other overseas travellers and coffee lovers that had made the same trek to find this highly acclaimed coffee shop that was once Omotesando Koffee but reborn as Koffee Mayema.  The hype was real and it lived up to it.

The interiors are Japanese minimalist at its best, a simple wooden cube with a wooden counter set the tone for coffee craftsmanship being performed here.  There are no signs, no menus on the walls, all you see are the rows of bags of beans that line the back wall and 2 baristas, including owner Eiichi Kunitomo himself, behind the counter making each cup of coffee with the focus and precision you would expect from a skilled artisan. This is Japan after all where every simple action is done with the utmost pride and attention to detail.  Koffee Mameya is no exception.

There are no seats for you to linger and sip your coffee.  Just a beautiful wooden counter where you wait your turn until a barista is ready to give you his undivided attention.  He explains the menu, the different types of beans available and the characteristics of each one as a wine sommelier may describe his favourite wines.  Their goal is to help you discover the coffee that meets your personal taste preference and if you are brewing it at home, the knowledge to do it right.

Koffee Mameya only serves regular coffee and espresso but offers a wide selection of premium beans to take home.  If coffee perfection is what you are in pursuit of, I highly suggest visiting Koffee Mameya and letting them give you a hand. Your chances of finding it are pretty good here.

4-15-3 Jingu-mae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前4丁目15−3
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
free workshop/lesson 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (weekdays only)

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  1. OMGAAAD THIS IS THE PLACE I went to once with Tom when he was craving for coffee! Sadly, we never figured out how to walk back there again without a guide. Amazing that the coffee house feels akin to a sacred temple, never has coffee been so respected and awed. Did you speak in hushed tones or wait in reverent silence? It’s as if time stops in there as you bow humbly to the coffee god. Right? Only in Japan. Hehe!

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    1. We tried to be very quiet! But you know my Dad and I are the ultimate chatterboxes so we talked in hushed tones while bowing incessantly 😂😂 Did you go when it was called Omotesando Koffee or after they renovated and became Koffee Mameya? It was definitely like a sacred temple! I loved it!!!

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