You Can Have More Than Just Coffee at These Cafes in Fukuoka
Fancy appreciating art while waiting for your takeout?
Coffee is a universal drink. Wherever you’re from, whoever you’re with, wherever you choose to enjoy it, coffee becomes harmonious with culture. Here are six cafes in Fukuoka where you can have coffee plus a little bonus!
COFFEE COUNTY Kurume
The COUNTY cafe space is on the first floor. Sweets from Matsunobu Deli can be eaten here too. You also get one free drink when you buy coffee beans.
Only a few coffee shops can be recognized in the whole country without depending on contest titles. COFFEE COUNTY is one of these rare ones, proving their commitment to coffee making. They reached a milestone when the business expanded by relocating the shop to another building around five years after opening. The main reason for their moving was their new coffee roaster. “We needed extra space to set up the 25 kg roaster,” the owner, Takaaki Mori, explains.
Matsunobu Deli on the second floor. Lunch sets start from ¥1,000.
A little something extra that came with the new, spacious shop is the partnership with Matsunobu Deli, where Mori himself is a regular customer. You can enjoy their sweets at the cafe on the first floor, while the restaurant on the second floor offers lunch sets and other dishes. The One Third Latte (¥500), which has less milk, and a tart from Matsunobu Deli are popular choices. Fruits used for the confections change depending on the season.
One Third Latte (front), Matsunobu Deli tart (back)
COFFEE COUNTY Kurume is located at 1/F 102-8 Torimachi, Kurume City, Fukuoka. It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. You may contact them at +81-942-27-9499.
Have a chat with other customers while holding your coffee on one hand
TAG STA opened in 2011 as a coffee stand where you can enjoy a cup of carefully prepared coffee from early morning. Since its launch, they would organize big art galleries, turning their shop into a cultural base. Even now, exhibits are being held almost every month featuring artists from in and out of the country. “We want to be a place where the people in Fukuoka discover lesser known talents instead of seeing already famous artists. Also, we want others to appreciate analog devices that lets you use your five senses such as letterpress printing, tableware, and ink painting,” Yasuhiro Hashiguchi, the owner, says.
Solo exhibition of YUGO, with internet and reality as the theme. Original merchandise was sold during the exhibit.
Recently, they even held events to introduce Japanese artists to other countries. When looking at the artwork, you can try some of the coffee that Hashiguchi makes, mainly dark roast, which he considers the most “coffee-like coffee.” Do not forget to try their baked goods, too.
Solo exhibit of Ken Fujimoto, who makes wooden bowls in Okinawa. By furnishing only one room for an exhibit, it is easier to convey the artist’s view of the world.
TAG STA is located at 1/F Space Cube, 1-7-11 Haruyoshi, Chuo District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka and is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-92-724-7721.
Hario V60 dripper is used
STEREO COFFEE is in a fully renovated two-story traditional Japanese house in a back alley where the old cityscape remains. Enjoy coffee while experiencing “sound bath” as music coming from a huge JBL speaker vibrates through your body. Talk about a multi sensorial experience. They use coffee beans from COFFEE COUNTY and KARIOMONS COFFEE ROASTER in Nagasaki, both selling beans directly purchased from farms, and even know the terroir of their products. These are carefully brewed as hand drip or espresso.
Hand Drip Coffee (from ￥550)
On the second floor is AND gallery space. A diverse range of items are displayed—from photos and illustrations to miscellaneous items for sale and ornaments. They feature a good balance of local and foreign artists, so you will discover something new every time you visit.
Coffee T-shirts Store, an event where 30 coffee shops from all over Japan display and sell their original design t-shirts
STEREO COFFEE is located at 3-8-3 Watanabedori, Chuo District, Fukuoka. It is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-92-231-8854.
Exhibits change weekly. You may freely view them once you order at least one item.
SUP STAND is located in a renovated apartment in Omiya. It opened in June 2018 with the goal of supporting illustrators and photographers in the Kyushu region, especially Fukuoka. The coffee shop is also an art gallery managed by Yuki Muto, who is a writer, hoping to offer a launchpad for young artists. They made it into a two-in-one store to make it easier for customers to drop by and check out the exhibits. Featured artists change every week, so looking at the displays while waiting for your take out is a quick and easy way to appreciate art.
Terrace seats in the balcony area
SUP STAND is located at 1/F PassageF, 1-6-16 Omiya, Chuo District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka. It is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.
Sleep Coffee and Roaster / Natsume Bookshop
Today’s Coffee (right, ¥500), White Bread (left, ¥100)
A 100-year-old clock shop where a pleasant sea breeze blows is transformed into Sleep Coffee and Roaster by Yusuke Oku, while his wife, Yumiko, manages the adjoining bookstore. Green coffee beans are washed in 50℃ water and then roasted manually. Since steam escapes during manual coffee roasting, the end product is a non-smoky, clear flavored coffee. Today’s Coffee (¥500) is made with pure Costa Rican coffee but has a deep flavor like a blend. The miniature sized White Bread (¥100) is homemade with local wheat.
Natsume Bookshop at the back of the cafe sells both new and used books. Quench your thirst for interesting books with the poem collections, small press, and a substantial volume of materials from indie publishers that mostly fill the shelves. This place makes you feel like you have gone on a little side trip while in Fukuoka City.
Many customers read the book they bought from the bookstore at the adjoining cafe. Book events are also held. Photo by Misaki Taguchi from Tontonton traveling exhibition
Sleep Coffee and Roaster / Natsume Bookshop is located at 1-6-21 Saitozaki, Higashi District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka. It is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Wednesdays and Thursdays.
5CAFE Main Store
A variety of bicycles such as road, mountain, and cross bikes are lined up. Every year, a live concert is also held at the garage.
Masaya, a popular bicycle store in Fukuoka, manages 5CAFE. Their space is like an adult’s secret base—a large warehouse is renovated to transform the back area into what is now Masaya including the bike garage, and the front area into a spacious cafe facing the Naka River. The shop carries a great selection of bicycles with brands like TREK and Pinarello. You can even give your chosen bike a test ride. This attracts customers even from outside the prefecture.
They use coffee beans from Honey Coffee and the cakes are homemade. Even the crackers at the bottom of their cheesecake are made in-house. Workshops related to bicycles or health are sometimes held in the cafe.
Cheesecake Set (from ¥770)
5CAFE Main Store is located at 1-14-4 Shiobaru, Minami District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka. It is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays and is closed from Mondays to Thursdays (open on Mondays when it is a holiday). You may contact them at +81-92-555-3200.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (3 February 2020)