I'm not REALLY a coffee connoisseur, but I got spoiled living in LA, when there was a renaissance of great coffee shops. I may not be able to blind test different single origin coffees, but I know bad coffee from good coffee, at least. So when I came to Boston last year, I asked around where to find good coffee. "I just go to Dunkin' Donuts" was invariably the most common response.
Hm. Like I said, I was spoiled. Luckily, Ogawa Coffee came from Boston. Ogawa Coffee has been running a chain of stores and their own coffee bean roasting in Kyoto for more than 60 years. Their foray into Boston is their first international venture, and they chose Boston because it is one of Kyoto's sister cities and they see Boston's abundance of universities and focus on education as a common ground between the two cities.
Ogawa's signature drink ($10 but you get two drinks, really) is a glass of chilled espresso - smooth and just slightly sweetened - served with a cup of hot cappuccino.
The thing about Japanese is their attention to detail. They heat up their glassware with hot water before serving the coffee so as not to change the temperature of the coffee too much!
We tried the Kalita pourover, which is one of the better deals here if you're staying in. You get a carafe enough for more than 2 cups of coffee.
When you order the pourover, they serve it to you in a handpainted Kiyomizu cup. Bringing another tradition from Kyoto, Kiyomizu is known for their ceramic tea wares, but here they've made cups especially for coffee for Ogawa.
Another Kiyomizu cup, because I think this one is lovely.
You can also try a trio of featured single origin coffees. They certainly make really smooth coffee here. You can read all about each single origin coffee and even see the farmers behind them, printed on each label.
|Photo credit: Ogawa Coffee|
10 Milk St
Boston, MA 02108