Located in a quiet corner of Shibuya, Heart’s Light Coffee found a home in a clean, modern space and suffused it with great music courtesy of an extensive vinyl collection. The copper-plated roaster is particularly eye-catching; it comes from Turkey and is one of a kind in Japan. While the shop roasts its beans roughly four times a week, it also lends out the roaster as a community service to other cafés. One of the two owners also handmade a spinning coffee dripper, making it that much easier for the baristas to make pour-overs.
The house blend is the lightly roasted Heart’s Merge, a mix of Panama and Papua New Guinea that carries hints of berry jam, almonds and hazelnuts, and it’s perfectly suited for drip coffee. Heart’s Light Coffee also does interesting twists on milky coffee. There’s a banana latte and also an ‘iced’ latte that contains no ice. It’s simply cold milk topped with a shot of espresso, creating a photogenic layer effect with the black coffee floating on top of the white milk. Good news for music lovers: if you buy 200g of coffee beans, the shop lets you pick out a complimentary record from the collection to take home with you. Cool, eh?