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Omotesando Koffee has just opened up in Hong Kong - using the same name which is odd. Planning on swinging by this evening to scope it out...

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Omotesando Koffee has just opened up in Hong Kong - using the same name which is odd. Planning on swinging by this evening to scope it out...

 

 

Odd, cause the one in Tokyo just closed down.

Maybe they moved to Hong Kong?

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The old spot closed. But they are opening up in some big new development in Ginza somewhere.

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How's everyone's grind settings for areopress ?

I usually always do really fine, however lately all my brews are coming up bitter. So i dropped the setting down a little.

Curious to hear how other people grind for their set up.

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Odd, cause the one in Tokyo just closed down.

Maybe they moved to Hong Kong?

 

Yes, when the news came out last year that the original shop was closing, reports also said that Kunimoto would be relocating to Hong Kong. That was pretty exciting news and a welcome addition to what is already a burgeoning third wave culture in HK. However, the Omotesando Koffee HK branch is part of new commercial development that appears an odd location considering the Tokyo original's spirit. It's all very harsh-lit, decked in marble and styled like a high-end bakery rather than an intimate coffee shop. I'd like to check it out though.

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So what are the must check out places in Tokyo now?

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I was there a couple of weeks back and, among others, hit up Onibus Coffee in Nakameguro, Switch Coffee in Meguro, Arise Coffee Entangle and their sister shop Arise Coffee Roasters in Kiyosumi. Those were the best of the bunch - I really loved both Arise shops. About Life in Shibuya is also strong. Still not made it to Fuglen which seems to be highly rated.

 

tokyocoffee.org is a great resource.

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Nozy Roastry, Flugen and Talk and Come Again are my favourites.

Need to hit up switch and omnibus. I've heard nothing but good things about them.

Is Arise new ? 

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Thanks for the tips guys! Has anyone tried the Little Cloud? The Visvim thing.

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i posted a list of 10+ places a few pages back. little cloud is okay, but no one would give a shit if it wasn't for the visvim connection.

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about life is great. i also really loved Light Up in kichijioji and Cafe Use in shimokitazawa

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Nozy Roastry, Flugen and Talk and Come Again are my favourites.

Need to hit up switch and omnibus. I've heard nothing but good things about them.

Is Arise new ? 

 

Ah yes, I forgot Nozy Roastery as well. Had a good pourover brew there. I'm not sure how new Arise is. They only sell pourover coffee and do it to a very high standard and without all of the pseudo-gourmand act that sometimes ruins an otherwise solid coffee shop. Just a relaxed feeling in both places, though they each have their own special character.

 

And regarding Omotesando Koffee in HK: I wouldn't bother going there again. The decor was marginally nicer than I expected but it's completely without the essence that made the original shop special and the double espresso was nothing to write home about. Just a franchise operation really. Anyone coming to HK and in need of good coffee options - just shout and I'd be happy to help.

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I was there a couple of weeks back and, among others, hit up Onibus Coffee in Nakameguro, Switch Coffee in Meguro, Arise Coffee Entangle and their sister shop Arise Coffee Roasters in Kiyosumi. Those were the best of the bunch - I really loved both Arise shops. About Life in Shibuya is also strong. Still not made it to Fuglen which seems to be highly rated.

 

tokyocoffee.org is a great resource.

 

Are you from HK? Tokyo's coffee scene is p crappy.

 

I've only been to the OG Onibus in Okusaawa and it's garbage. 

Switch is also garbage. Arise – I've never been but it's gets frequent media exposure. 

 

Streamer's has good latte art but the coffee is garbage. Nozy has good presentation but pretty crappy. Sarutahiko - hit or miss; if you don't get a single origin, it's total garbage; honey latte is good though. I like Amameria Espresso - you can always go for a gibraltar with a double shot; get it to go for a discount – drink it outside on the bench. Bear Pond is interesting but it's pretty lame IMO. 

 

Honestly, probably the best thing to do is go to Lotus Cafe. order their coffee and stare at the waitresses who are like every sufuer's wetdream

 

talk and come again is cool. you'll always run into interesting people there. 

Edited by herpsky

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intersted in trying out iki espresso in mortar. they have tonic based coffee that's taking over cool guy coffee spots in the us

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Herpsky - Yes, I live in Hong Kong but not ''from'' here. Why the dislike of Onibus and Switch? Can't comment on many of your other points but agreed on Streamer - not really my thing at all and wasn't impressed.

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Herpsky - Yes, I live in Hong Kong but not ''from'' here. Why the dislike of Onibus and Switch? Can't comment on many of your other points but agreed on Streamer - not really my thing at all and wasn't impressed.

 

Nah, it's just that if you are from Asia and not from the US/Australia, people tend to have a pretty low threshold for calling something totally mediocre as tight. 

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No, sadly you can't tar me with that brush and I never called anything ''tight''. 

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i got a free chemex yesterday while helping a friend move. That was a pretty dope score as i was planning on buying one, but didn't want to fork over the 40$

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Has internet coffee culture mostly died? I feel like the coffee threads on all the forums I go to are dead.dead.

Anyway, I bought the Hario Next Siphon because I lost my Yama in a move 2 years ago. The process and cleanup are so involved and it's hard to be consistent but when you nail it, damn the coffee is good.

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Damn that sucks, Nestle is such an evil corporation, Blue Bottle seemed a great independent company.

 

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freeman can front all he wants, but it was obvious he was purely after $$$ at a certain point years ago. hats off to him, though.

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Yeah, I mean I can't blame him. But he lost control of the company years ago during the multiple rounds of VC. Pretty sure this sale to Nestle was so Google Ventures and other VC companies could get their take.

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7 hours ago, wayoutwest said:

Yeah, I mean I can't blame him. But he lost control of the company years ago during the multiple rounds of VC. Pretty sure this sale to Nestle was so Google Ventures and other VC companies could get their take.

IMO - Blue bottle was positioning themselves well to be the next Starbucks, and there's a lot of room to grow beyond $700M in the mass market, so I have to wonder...

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