One of the shops John and I wanted to go and visit while in Tokyo last year was Macchinesti. It started off being the "Espresso Vivace in Japan" where Mr. Schomer trained all the baristas and the shop uses exclusively Espresso Vivace. I'm not sure if they are still affiliated these days.
We arrived at Akabanebashi station. It was not easy finding the place. John and I tried to look for the address on our paper, but with no luck.
We did see Akabanebashi (bridge).
And the Tokyo Tower from a distance.
We walked around for a while and asked a few passersby but no one knew where exactly Macchinesti was. We eventually saw a phone booth... I never thought I had to do it, but I figured out how to read the Japanese phone book and eventually figured out at what direction Macchinesti should be!
We found the address but it was not Macchinesti. It was a small grocery store whose specialty was to sell Costco merchandise. Interesting. The store clerk was kind enough to find the new address for Macchinesti and even printed out a map for us.
We walked for another while.
And there it was!
The store was beautifully lit and quiet, which was pretty unusual for a cafe in Tokyo. I think it had a more different clientale than many of the other shops.
The counter area.
Very casual and pleasant.
The first round (I belive) we had a cappuccino and a latte. Some of the best we had in Tokyo.
I loved the store.
And the second round (I believe) we got a Romano (their signature drink, I think,) and a French Press coffee.
Mmm. I was happy.
If I remember correctly, the baristas gave us a really good deal on the drinks. Awww. That was so nice of them.
We had our drinks and we were really happy.
As we were leaving we saw these little guys with their owner on the patio.
The Frenchie boy even ate a treat from John's hand.
Ahhh. Nice people.
It was totally worth the time and effort.