If you have ever experienced the Australian coffee scene, especially in the likes of Sydney or Melbourne, Allpress Espresso Tokyo then, is what you need here in Japan. It was a slight challenge as a regular tourist here, adjusting to Starbucks as the go-to brand of caffeine. There are multitudes of these conveniently located coffee chains, but they just don’t live up to standard at home. That was until I found Allpress.
Australian style coffee in Tokyo!
Allpress is a New Zealand coffee bean importer and roaster who, among a few others, are starting to change the coffee game in Japan. Starting from their Flagship store and Roastery in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa. They are also in direct competition with Blue Bottle, another cafe and roastery for the US. As part of their debut, they bring a new beverage – the flat white. Similar to a Latte, the Flat White is a little less creamy, keeping the foam down with a stronger hint of coffee and less milk. In addition, they have several drip coffee bean choices from a range of countries. They also offer a standard selection of hot and ice coffee variants.
The place itself is quite classy, featuring a refreshing timber-esque style of decor to provide a more natural and simplistic touch with a relaxed vibe. The table tops, tables and bench-tops are also made from timber matching the exterior of the building. There is the option to also sit outdoors, with a few seats and tables to suit the outdoor types during the warmer seasons.
The staff themselves are very friendly, and many of the baristas can speak English too. Hence, they are eager to have a chat in either language. They also have an English and Japanese menu to suit the needs of most customers.
When I usually go on weekday mornings, the place can be rather quiet and solitary, perfect to sit down and get through a bit of FAQing. However, towards late lunch and the early hours of the afternoon, it can fill up quite quickly. Weekends, on the other hand, present an entirely different challenge, with lines sometimes stretching outside the cafe. My recommendation is if you happen to be in the area, grab a coffee and then head to nearby Kiba Park. There you can take a short stroll, check out the local dog park or take a seat at one of the many benches and table seating available.
Allpress’ prices tend to be a little on the pricey side, but the upside and quality are absolutely worth it. It is a completely different taste to any of the regular retail chains you may be used to, spoiling Japan with a little slice of rich and aromatic coffee culture.
There is also a wide selection of food available, including soups (they have a soup of the day), sandwiches, biscuits, paninis and more. My personal favourite though, especially for a healthier breakfast/brunch time of day is the mixed plate. This comes with an assortment of sides and choices and should keep you full and satisfied for a few hours at least. So, come on down to Kiyosumi and make this a day trip or part of your cafe tour!
Opening hours: Weekdays 8 am – 5 pm, Weekends and National Holidays 9 am – 6 pm
Address: 3-7-2 Hirano, Koto-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Or find the cafe on google maps here.
Telephone: 03 5875 9392
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