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Japan Tour: Allpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & Cafe near Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
 
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Kiyosumi-Shirakawa is an atmospheric old area of Tokyo that attracts visitors with its big beautiful Kiyosumi Teien Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, numerous picturesque shrines and temples, and, more recently, with its up and coming cafe culture.

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xFWLT9kaV...ishirakawa.jpgAllpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & Cafe, Kiyosumi-ShirakawaWe visited the Allpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & Cafe in, broadly speaking, the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district (strictly speaking, a district called Hirano). The stand-alone big dark wooden building is striking in itself and was originally a warehouse, nicely renovated in 2013.

Inside is wood-themed and spacious, the high ceiling adding a massive sense of extra dimensionality to what is a large enough, but not massive, floor area.

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SwUi0J7f0...hirakawa-3.jpgInside Allpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & Cafe, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
Allpress Espresso is a New Zealand company, and its Kiwi roots are apparent in some of the food on sale, notably the Anzac biscuit that tugged this expat Kiwi's heartstrings and had to be ordered. Another was the Long Black on the coffee menu that, again, gave me no choice. My partner ordered the Cafe Mocha.

The staff was welcoming and friendly, the Long Black was expertly brewed without a hint of bitterness, the mocha had synergy (unlike our homemade ones which taste like nothing more than coffee and cocoa), and the Anzac biscuit was also good as my mum's!

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vhgOHpJuC...hirakawa-2.jpgThe roastery of Allpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & CafeThe roastery and café are separated by plate glass, giving the whole space an integrated feel, and giving customers the chance to see the product being roasted right there. Coffee can also be bought here, of course, for about 1,800 yen for 250 g and about 7,000 yen per kg.

We sat out the front and enjoyed the tranquility of life as it is lived in this big, broad, easygoing part of the metropolis over great coffee and cookies.

Extra bonus: the spotless, high-tech bathroom facilities.

Hours
8am - 5pm Monday to Friday,
9am - 6pm Saturday, Sunday, public holidays

Address & Tel.
3-7-2 Hirano Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0023, Japan
Tel. 03 5875 9392

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JM0EpF0ms...hirakawa-4.jpgThe counter at Allpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & CafeAllpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & Cafe website

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