Since 2014, Japanese chocolatier Minimal has been championing the single-source bean-to-bar movement from its store in Tokyo’s Yoyogi-Hachiman neighborhood.
In June it opened a second location near Ginza Station called Bean to Bar Stand. The store sells eight varieties of chocolate in addition to chocolate drinks and ice cream. There are many flavors, from fruit to herb-accented, but I opted for the relatively simple Nutty Chocolaty bar (¥1,188). The price is certainly high, but the taste is sharper and stronger than run-of-the-mill milk chocolates. It’s tough to say if a Minimal bar is worth buying again, but it was certainly worth splurging on once.