Tokyo Coffee

02009-11-17 | Uncategorized | 5 comments

Terry sent me this link and we might try to go there today.

Fresh or aged, the coffee is kicking at Satei Hato | The Japan Times Online
Willingly, you take a seat at the 12-meter-long Oregon pine counter, where you are greeted with all the deference due visiting royalty by manager Toyoshi Taguchi. Spirited away in 1989 from a Shinjuku kissaten by Satei Hato’s owner and namesake, Taguchi has since been diligently helping to redefine what coffee should be in today’s world of designer froths and foams.


The most obvious would be the collection of over 300 dazzling coffee and tea cups, including Wedgewood, Herend (from Hungary) and Meissen (from Germany), as well as some choice beauties from the kilns of the Arita masters.

No two are alike, giving Taguchi ample opportunity to choose cups he feels best suit the customers. All of them are pricey, so while you might be flattered by what Taguchi feels “matches” your personality, it’s best not to ask what they’re worth until you’ve successfully placed your cup in its saucer for the last time. Taguchi claims he keeps a stiff upper lip when someone drops a 190,000 yen Arita-yaki original. While they are in the room, he utters a polite shoganai.

“When they leave,” he says, deadly serious, “I cry.”


  1. Brenda

    Getting and keeping the customer with perceived Value. Giving the customer what they want and yes they will pay more. :)

  2. yumi

    “…he utters a polite shoganai.”

    Outside and inside. Outside, “it can’t be helped”, but inside…

  3. Brenda

    Hi Yumi: Would you mind interpreting for me? Thanks :)

  4. Panj

    …it will be interesting to see what cups you receive…

  5. Carol

    I always have Travertine products, and give them for gifts. I just sent for some of the lavender soap and spray. Still have hand and cuticle cream. It goes a long way. A little pricey but it’s well worth it. Thank you.


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