This Cozy Cafe in Japan Is Known for Its Premium Roast Coffee
Choose from 20 different coffee blends!
The Tama-plaza area in Kanagawa is recently becoming popular for its casual yet sophisticated vibe. More and more shops are opening within the district that cater to this kind of atmosphere. One of these shops is the BlueDOOR Coffee, which opened during spring of this year. The cafe specializes in in-house roasted coffee. Although the shop is relatively new in the area, it is slowly finding its place within the laid-back Tama-plaza neighborhood.
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s inside!
5th Daimaru Heights B, 2-17-12 Utsukushigaoka, Aoba District, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. except on Thursdays.
How to get there: A 4-minute-walk from the North Exit of Tama-plaza Station on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line.
The coffee shop literally has a “blue door” for its entrance.
The BlueDOOR Coffee opened its second branch last March 2019 in the Tama-plaza area. This branch is more accessible compared to the original branch, found in the same district, near the Jike Furusato Village. Although the original café is located in a remote area surrounded by many rice fields, customers still flock the place for its extraordinary scenery and coffee.
Upon stepping inside, you’ll be surrounded by the sweet scent of roasted coffee.
The coffee shop offers about 20 kinds of roasted beans.
The cards show where each type of coffee beans are produced.
However, if you don’t know much about coffee, don’t fret! The amiable staff will help you pick the right one based on your preferences.
They use a three-holed Kalita-style dripper to preserve the coffee’s bitterness.
The coffee beans are roasted at the original shop. These beans are heated thoroughly, using a Butagama (a barrel-shaped roaster), to deepen their taste.
The shop’s beans also have unique names such as “Tenku Blend” and “Daichi Blend.” The “Denen Blend” and “Satoyama Blend” are Jika Furusato Village’s original blends. These were handed down to the current owner, Yuta Someya, by his father. If you’re not sure which blend to try, we recommend that you start with one of these.
This set lets customers pour their own coffee. Each order is equivalent to two cups.
A long-time fan of the café’s original branch recommends trying the Ryokufu Blend (¥500). It’s a special blend that consists of beans produced in Ethiopia, Columbia, and Brazil, and has a good balance of sour, bitter, and rich flavors. You can also choose to just purchase the shop’s coffee beans as a souvenir or pasalubong.
Many customers come to the shop alone and spend a relaxing time here.
Time seems to pass slowly inside the café. Its long and narrow design, coupled with its cozy atmosphere, differentiates it from the original branch.
“We thought of basing the shop off from its surrounding community and matching it with the atmosphere of Tama-plaza. We hope that many people will come by the café to casually enjoy a cup of coffee,” says the owner, Yuta Someya.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Yokohama Walker™ (18 June 2019)