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Coffee Tei has the inside appearance of a British pub combined with a British tea room, all oak beams and mock Tudor stylings. They play Mozart nonstop and serve German beer. It all feels a tad confused. As the name suggests, however, it's the coffee that the people gather for, and its been living off a strong reputation since the early '80s. There's plenty of choice, with the coffee menu alone the size of a small guide book, though this presents its own problems, of course. Thankfully, the waitress was knowledgable and helpful and ultimately steered us to a delicate cup of vintage Columbian, the beans dating from 1994, which boasted a naturally sweet tang and was a lot lighter than we had expected, having watched it being lovingly dripped for a good 10 minutes. An odd but likeable spot, all in all, a world away from the neon horrors of Ikebukuro that neighbour it.
1-7-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
|Transport:||Ikebukuro Station (Yamanote, Marunouchi, Yurakucho lines)|
|Opening hours:||11am-10.30pm daily|