Omotesando: Coffee shop
Coutume (Omotesando: Coffee shop)
Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
decor: Notable decor
no smoking: No smoking

Coutume Cafe has been an important specialty coffee destination since they first opened in Paris in 2011, where they also train barista staff and roast beans for more than sixty other cafes and restaurants. Now they've started operations in Aoyama, offering a rotating selection of single-origin drip coffees, regular and micro-lot espressos, and an exclusive "Aoyama Special Blend" to Tokyo's coffee afficionados.

The cafe's interior is stylishly decorated, with a seating area that accommodates 37 people. In addition to a bewildering variety of coffees there's a light food menu - pastries and cakes, sandwiches (smoked salmon, chicken), salads and soups. The rich, creamy champignon soup is highly recommended, either on its own or as part of a soup and sandwich set (Y830).

At the heart of Coutume's operation is a high-tech Alpha Dominche Steampunk brewer, which gives baristas exacting control over brewing temperature, steam pressure and agitation. Plans are in the works to set up a roastery and barista training center, as well as offering tasting events.

Minato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 5-8-10.
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