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Oct 15, 2012 09:45 AM

Kyoto-style Iced Coffee

Hi folks - planning a trip to Kyoto and Tokyo in just a few weeks, and I wondered if anyone knows where to find a good spot for the traditional, very-slow-drip method of iced coffee in Kyoto? I can't find anything searching on my own online, because Blue Bottle and others that are using this method now in the US call it "Kyoto-style." Any help would be appreciated - and if not iced, any suggestions for excellent coffee in both cities would still be appreciated! You can take the girl out of Seattle...

Thanks so much!

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  1. I don't have any personal knowledge, but a Japanese colleague mentioned the following two shops in Kyoto:

    1) Maeda Coffee,


    2) Inoda Coffee, (better than their site at


    Their summertime "Cole Coffee" (cold coffee?) is made with ice from the South Pole(!) They have a shop in the Daimaru department store at Tokyo station, on the 8th floor.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Hiyodori

      For a good coffee shop, I recommend cafe Lapin at Okachimachi (in summer, they have slow drip ice coffee), and cafe L'ambre in Ginza (they only serve coffee, and have the tower slow drop coffee)... with a preference for the cafe L'ambre. There, try, for exemple, first a straight coffee like the Yemen Matari (old one is waouh!) and finish with a little tiny glass of cold slow air coffee 'de l 'ambresso' . Lapin de l'Ambre

      1. re: Hiyodori

        Inoda Coffee is one of my favourite chain-like coffee shops in Kyoto, but I don't recall their iced coffee being made by the slow-drip method (that doesn't mean it isn't, it just means I don't recall seeing the apparatus at any of their shops). They do have an iced coffee concentrate for purchase, but I don't know if that's also what they use for their in-house coffee. (I always get cafe au lait there, so I don't know what their iced coffee tastes like.)

        If you go to Inoda in Kyoto, try to go to the main shop or to the one on Sanjo. The main one is very quaint, though the one on Sanjo is easier to get to. The main one is also open relatively early, so if you're an early riser, it's a nice place to get breakfast.

        I also like their ground coffees, and coffee-philes to whom I've gifted it have also enjoyed them very much. They make nice gifts.

        1. re: Hiyodori

          That sounds amazing, thank you so much!