So if you live in Melbourne like me, you would know that we have a very strong coffee culture. I have even heard along the grapevine that Melbourne has some of the best coffee in the world. Specialised coffee places in Melbourne that do drip style or brewed coffee are fairly niche though I think the trend is slowly growing.

For those that don’t know me, I am what you would label ‘a fairly regular coffee drinker’. I think I can now wean myself from the title ‘coffee addict’ as I don’t need it to function on a daily basis, however, during the time I was in Japan I was still very much an addict and needed it to be able to function as a normal human being. We went to Starbucks almost every single day and I held a sad little strong latte in my hand and wished desperately for a good coffee. I also tried several coffees from various bakeries, diners, Starbucks in different prefectures, all with no luck. During the days we travelled far and wide for sightseeing, in desperation I stood in front of the hot vending machine deliberating whether or not to get a Boss hot canned coffee – it was a mistake I will not make again.

The last part of my trip was based in Tokyo and I spent some time researching good coffee shops in Japan, of which there were a few. I searched for one and made it my mission that day to find that coffee shop. Tucked away in the suburban streets was a quaint little coffee house with a small outdoor seating area and a minimalist interior space where the barista stood waiting. The smell of freshly brewed coffee wafted through the air and I was super excited!

Thank you Omotesando Koffee for being the light at the end of the tunnel. The coffee was perfect – in temperature, free pouring skills, crema and taste.

There’s hope for Japan yet.

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Omotesando Koffee address: 4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

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