When you come to Good People & Good Coffee, a small shop tucked in the side streets near Ikejiri-Ohashi station, there are a few things you should expect: a warm welcome from barista Tomoshi Okamoto, friendly conversation, and delicious coffee that bridges a variety of genres. Good People & Good Coffee is small and intimate, and Okamoto uses the space and his coffee – blends named after classic American pop-culture references like Johnny B Goode and Tomando – to make connections with everyone who steps inside. Here you can find coffee made in almost any style you’d want – pour-over, Seattle, Italian and, as Okamoto described it, Tokyo-style; whatever piques Okamoto’s curiosity is what he’ll make. He communicates through his brews, tying together styles and flavours in ways that are unexpected and original, in order to create coffee that people want to drink every day.
Although blend coffee can often feel more approachable than single-origin, Good People & Good Coffee’s blends sacrifice none of the craft associated with the third-wave ethos. Come for the coffee (or perhaps the vintage Pac-Man game in the corner) and stay for the connections brought about through drinking good coffee and meeting good people.