Out of Coffee Wrights’ four Tokyo locations – including Sangenjaya, Omotesando and Shibaura – the main roastery and café at Kuramae is the most unassuming of the lot. While it may not look as polished as its sister outlets on first impression, the factory-like ground floor space has a very pragmatic setup that puts the focus squarely on the roasting process.
Here the beans are roasted every two to three days, resulting in an ever-changing selection of six single-origin roasts and a Brazilian decaf, which carries toasty, caramelly notes reminiscent of almonds and dark chocolate.
The second floor space, however, is a different story. While downstairs is all business, the upstairs café is about enjoying the fruit of the roast. All decked out in wood finishing, its minimalist cool vibe is made for lingering over coffee, pastries (we love the seasonal mango tart in summer) and free wifi.
Aside from freshly roasted beans, brewing paraphernalia and single-use filter coffee emblazoned with catchphrases (‘I can’t espresso my feeling’), Coffee Wrights also produces its own merchandise including T-shirts and canvas tote bags.