After a decade as chief barista and head roaster at Paul Bassett, Kiyokazu Suzuki broke out on his own and set up the excellent Glitch Coffee in Jinbocho last spring. Inspired by the success of that shop, which has won admirers for its communal roaster and relaxed approach to craft coffee, Suzuki opened his second location, Counterpart, in a residential part of western Shinjuku this January. Purposefully placed far from the beaten path, this one is where Suzuki aims to build lasting bonds with the surrounding neighbourhood, furthering his aim of making the Tokyo coffee scene just a little more cooperative and innovative.
|Venue name:||Counterpart Coffee Gallery|
3-12-16 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 7.30am-8pm; Sat, Sun & hols 9am-7pm|
|Transport:||Nishi-Shinjuku Gochome Station (Oedo line)|
Average User Rating
5 / 5
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I frequent this cafe almost daily. The staff are really cool and speak varying degrees of English. The coffee itself is excellent. Generally I find it a bit difficult to differentiate in any meaningful way the coffee from place to place. But their base offerings are standouts and their takes on the iced cafe latte for example are standouts. They also get their baked goods from equally strong Sasa Bakery in Sasazuka so they've got a clear attention to detail and exacting standards. The staff are also knowledgeable without being pretentious.