This Cafe in Fukuoka Is a Must-Visit for Coffee Lovers
They know what they're doing.
5-6-13, Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday to Monday; Wednesday to Saturday; Holidays)
How to get there: It's a 5-minute walk from Tenjin Subway Station
There have been many unique coffee shops opening in Japan lately, and one of them is ConnectCoffee, which just opened in Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City last September.
The concept of the coffee shop is to appreciate the connection between coffee and people, and to grow one’s circle through coffee. The letter “C” with a circle in the shop’s logo means “to grow the circle,” the + sign means “connection.” The coffee shop makes use of roasted coffee beans selected from Brazilian Colombian blends and Ethiopian blends.
The interior of the store takes inspiration from the design of the espresso machine brought into the store. Wood elements and splashes of black and white, coupled with the music playing from the antique stereo, further add to the cozy ambiance. Various elements such as cups, extraction instruments, and beans are also displayed in the cafe and available for purchase.
During the night, you can relax and choose from six kinds of coffee cocktails. Irish coffee (¥950) is a mixture of Irish whiskey and hibiscus syrup topped with strawberry powder and framboise dried fruit. It goes well with the Ethiopian beans in the coffee.
Ando Takahiro, the owner of ConnectCoffee, is one the best latte artists in Japan. He placed first runner-up in 2014 at the Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open, one of the world's biggest latte art tournaments. He has also won in several local contests. Takahiro is known for his free pour technique wherein he draws delicate images using only milk and without using a pick. Apart from being a barista, Ando-san is also a coffee instructor, and plans to hold seminars and events in the store as well.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kyushu Walker™ (4 September 2017)