KOFFEE MAMEYA, the iconic coffee bean speciality shop from Tokyo, opens the world’s first store offering seats. KOFFEE MAMEYA is founded by Eiichi Kunitomo, the mastermind behind Omotesando Koffee, and elevates coffee culture by focusing on presenting the very finest coffee beans.
By offering the Haute Couture Service of Coffee with 1-1 bespoke consultations, KOFFEE MAMEYA baristas will help select and prescribe the most suitable coffee bean for each guest and teach them the optimal preparation for brewing in the comfort of their own homes. Celebrating and selling black coffee (aka milk-free coffee) only, KOFFEE MAMEYA offers an outstanding range of coffee beans perfectly roasted to differing degrees including some of the finest geishas and rarest micro-lot coffees.
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The Glorious Heritage
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© KAWS. Courtesy of the artist and Skarstedt, New York