Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Harajuku and grab a free pour latte from Streamer Coffee Co.
Coffee shops are a dime a dozen in Tokyo, especially now that the whole slow coffee, third-wave coffee phenomenon has become increasing popular. Thing is, coffee has long been a thing in Tokyo, with classic kissatens serving up special selected and roasted beans in smoky, wood paneled shops. The Japanese excel at focusing on perfecting one thing, and in this case, coffee is the object of their obsession.
If you’re looking for a quiet place to relax, check out Streamer Coffee Company. Mike and I stumbled up on it after taking a quick peek at the crowds on Takashita Dori. There are actually four Streamers in Tokyo – the Harajuku location is housed in a stack of shipping containers. You order on the ground floor, and then, if you’re staying, enter the shipping container through an outside door and make your way up the stairs to couch and counter filled spaces.
I ordered a seasonal apple latte, which is something that I’m typically wary of because apple flavored things have the tendency to taste bad, but I rolled with it and I’m happy I did because I’m still thinking about it today. The aroma of the apple and coffee was amazing and there was none of that artificial flavor that I was scared about. Mike had a double espresso, which was, in his words, “OK.”
To be honest, we’re not serious coffee people. If we were, I wouldn’t be drinking lattes. We’d probably be visiting the old school kissatens that serve real coffee. That being said, we had a chill time resting our feet, caffeinating up.
Streamer Coffee Company
3-28-19, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81. 3. 5772. 6633
9am to 6pm (Mon-Fri)
11am to 6pm (Sat, Sun, Holidays)
PS – Streamer is owned by Hiroshi Sawada a celebrity latte artist. Yes, there are celebrity latte artists, it’s serious business. He also owns Sawada in Chicago. I had a camo matcha latte there and I loved it then too, so I guess I have something for these free pour lattes!