This was our local cup during recruiting stay in Tokyo. Concur that CV has a very Melbourne vibe. We both consistently enjoyed well made single origin espresso. I suspect that negative reviews are a reflection on crude western palettes and milk-based distortion. Japanese take organleptics seriously with most beans described using spider plots. It’s not just about brute strength!
Pretty little shop decorate with wood and cast iron fixtures nestled away in Ikebukuro. Coffee seemed quite fragrant but largely drowned out by the large amount of milk the barista insisted on giving me. Attempts at ordering a piccolo or cortado were ignored even though the request for less milk was clearly understood. My very pregnant wife is off teas and coffee and we were not allowed to drink my coffee inside the cafe despite there being plenty of seats as she didn't order anything. Unpleasant inflexibility to say the least.
Wow, on my 2nd trip to Japan I lucked into staying in a hotel near Valley Coffee. Tremendous cappuccino, only once served too hot. The single origin beans from Columbia were possibly the best I have ever had. The cakes and biscuits are good too I would only wish for more options so I could justify staying longer lol. Go upstairs if you can, it's a little nicer.
Best coffee I've found in Japan. Certainly it will be hard to find better coffee in Ikebukuro. These people know what they're doing. Each day there is a choice of two kinds of beans for expressos (which rotates among the following and others: Valley Blend, Ethiopia, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia and Kenya). Guidance is provided regarding the sweetness and acidity of both. All the kinds I've tried are unique and rich. They also offer their three peaks option which serves three different smaller-sized forms of coffee using the same beans; for example, expresso, macchiato and drip. Staff are friendly and the place has an upstairs area to settle in for a longer stay. It can sometimes feel empty if just looking downstairs. A five minute walk from Ikebukuro East Exit, it is on the Seibu southern side rather than JR northern side, so away from the Sunshine City-bound crowd.
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