This small, hard to find, coffee shop tucked away in Shibuya in Tokyo is without a doubt one of the top coffee experiences in my life. But, don't take my word for it. James Freeman, the CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee actually features a lengthy tribute to Chatei Hatou in his 2012 book. Confessing that he is equal parts jealous and overawed by this shop's masterful techniques, Freeman writes: “I’m sure I think about Chatei Hatou every single working day.” I completely echo Freeman's words.
The coffee at Chatei Hatou is the the kind of golden nectar juices that you will still be thinking about and mulling over for weeks afterward. The coffee masters at Chatei Hatou are the best at their craft, still using decades old techniques and services. Below is a short video showing a glimpse at their well developed style of coffee making right before the aged coffee is poured into a delicate porcelain cup and paired perfectly with their famous maple chiffon cake. Trust me when I say that this unique, local experience is a must while on your trip to Tokyo.