Blue Bottle Coffee | Aoyama and Naka-Meguro
Inspired by the tale of Franz George Kolshitzky, a Polish noblemen who is said to have opened the first coffeehouse (named “The Blue Bottle”) in Vienna after the Turkish invasion, Blue Bottle Coffee was founded in the early 2000s in Oakland California and now boasts 10 branches in Tokyo as well as two more branches in Kyoto and Kobe.
It’s fair to say that since its arrival in Japan, Blue Bottle has become somewhat of a coffee hotspot amongst the coffee-loving, stylish crowd of downtown Tokyo, which loves to indulge in the company’s freshly-roasted drip coffee and beignets with caramel saucein its über-popular Aoyama branch.
The Naka-Meguro branch is housed in a former electrical-parts factory, fusing modern coffee culture with industrial chic. In addition to the first floor café, there is also a tasting room where customers can smell and taste different samples of roasted coffee and a workshop hosting seminars on creativity, and of course- coffee.
Blue Bottle Coffee also has branches in Meguro, Roppongi, Shinagawa, Kiyosumi, Sangenjaya, Ikebukuro and Shinjuku.
Photos courtesy of Blue Bottle