There’s some flashy equipment behind the counter at the Nishi-Azabu branch of Maruyama Coffee, but the method of choice here is the humble cafetiere. As barista Seiya Yamashiro explains, the shop favors French presses for the same reason it uses metal filters in its high-end Steampunk machine and Cores gold filters for its drip brews: to retain the coffee’s all-important oils. As owner Yamashiro explains, it’s a mark of respect for the coffee’s growers. Rather than impose the store’s signature on the beans that it roasts and brews, Maruyama Coffee aspires to act as a conduit between producers around the world and drinkers in Japan.
In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.