To find one of the best cups of coffee in Tokyo all you really need to do is wander off the beaten path. Nestled within a quaint residential (yet high-end!) neighborhood of Omotesando lies Omotesando Koffee – a shop so unassuming that entering it feels like walking into someone’s private courtyard. In fact, simply stumbling upon it is probably a rare occurrence. If 3 college students hadn’t been sitting on the bench outside I wouldn’t have known they were open for business.
The shop, which was opened and is attended by barista Eiichi Kunitomo, has been in existence less than a year but has already appealed to coffee aficionados (and design-conscious coffee aficionados, but more on that below) around Tokyo. And while the current house it occupies is set to be demolished next year, all hope is not lost. Kunitomo plans to relocate his one-man operation of dripping goodness to another location in Tokyo.
The minimalist logo and identity, as well as the box-like steel frame structure are the work of Eding:Post, who worked together with Kunitomo to communicate his concept of impermanence.
(If you’re interested you can read our other posts on Eding:Post)
The steel frame structure, and what’s inside it, represents the essence of what the store is all about. Everything else is simply a vessel, serving many needs but essentially replaceable when the time comes to move one. I look forward to seeing how Kunitomo’s steel box structure, coffee shop and all, evolves and adapts to its future home. As indicated by their website (the URL is ooo-koffee.com), “Omotesando” could just as easily be interchanged with “Sapporo,” “Paris,” “Asakusa” or “Osaka.”