2016 Tokyo Coffee Festival

Different coffee types from all over the world

 By Ilona Lin   Jun 10, 2016

Tokyo Coffee Festival features coffee beans from different countries as well as several coffee brands such as Ritual Coffee, Sightglass Coffee, Fourbarrel Coffee, and BlueBottle Coffee. It is an event aimed towards creating a culture that promotes high-quality coffee. Tokyo Coffee Festival also collaborates with different sweets producers around the world, allowing customers and visitors to enjoy the perfect combination of bitter and sweet flavors.

The Tokyo Coffee Festival is held beside the Farmer’s Market at the United Nations University (UNU). It is organized by the Tokyo Coffee Executive Committee, Festival Farmer’s Market Association, and Good Coffee. It is also an event supported by Amameria Espresso, Glitch Coffee Roasters, Trunk Coffee Bar, Double Tall Coffee, Coffee House Tomu Tomu, among others.

The Farmer’s Market is held in front of the United Nations University, and was crowded with students, families, couples and tourists on the weekend when I visited. Farmer’s Market booths feature grocery products such as fresh vegetables, honey, traditional Japanese plants, hand-made crafts, organic natural sweets and nuts, and olive oil at relatively cheap prices. It is definitely worth a visit for people in search of organic products!

The Tokyo Coffee Festival sells five tickets and five small paper cups as a set at ¥1000 for customers to try coffee from different stations. There were around 10 to 20 coffee booths. Each booth highlights different types of coffee. The staff make the coffee from grinding to brewing right in front of the customers, which is one of the major features of Tokyo Coffee Festival. Furthermore, when making coffee, the length of time the grounds will be in contact with water determines the ideal grade of grind. The next step is brewing the coffee. The amount of the water in the coffee ground is another important factor for getting the most flavor in a cup of coffee. Aside from coffee, you can purchase artsy cups, mugs and canvas bags, and enjoy treats from quirky food vans.

Tokyo Coffee Festival is one of the must-see events for coffee lovers in Tokyo. Here you would be able to enjoy various samples of coffee and purchase high-quality coffee beans from all over the world.

Written by Ilona Lin
Japan Travel Member

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Olga Kaneda 10 months ago
Been there too, I love this festival.
Jihad Mahmoud a year ago
For how long it lasts? And what was its location?
Jihad Mahmoud a year ago
That's great! Thank you for informing me.
Cathy Cawood a year ago
I suppose this is a yearly event? When did it take place?
Cathy Cawood a year ago
Thank you! I'll try to check it out in September. You know, it would be a really good idea to add that information to the article.
This really makes me want to go to the Coffee festival one day. I have never even heard of a coffee festival up until now! That sounds amazing to try different cups of coffee and to even watch the process!
Ilona Lin Author a year ago
Hi Taya, thank you:) It is really worth visiting! Also, it is not too expensive to try out different types of coffee for just 1000 yen! I suggest arriving early to avoid having to squeeze through the crowd ;)