Coffee Valley // Ikebukuro, Tokyo // 池袋, 東京

I’ve never really had a reason to visit Ikebukuro until this trip — I was traveling alone and really wanted to check out Book and Bed. After dropping my luggage off, I went on a quest to find a specialty coffee shop to do some reading.

每次來東京都沒什麼理由要去池袋, 但因為這次自己一個人去東京, 又非常想住住看Book and Bed, 所以就晃到了這個區域。下午一點鐘, 把行李寄放好之後, 我就扛著我的相機跟快要讀玩的書出去尋找我喜愛的咖啡廳了!

From what I’ve read, there aren’t that many speciality coffee shops in the area — though that is certainly changing, it was still a bit more difficult to find them. Thankfully, that was when I walked past Coffee Valley.

據我所知, 池袋沒有幾間精品咖啡館。雖然過去這幾年陸陸續續開了幾間店, 但要找到好喝的咖啡廳也真的沒那麼容易。謝天謝地, 在我融化之前讓我找到了Coffee Valley.

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The most famous drink there is the “Three Peaks,” which lets you taste and savor the same bean with an espresso, latte, and drip. Since I already had some caffeine in me from The Roastery by Nozy Coffee in Omotesando, I decided to go with a soy latte.

Coffee Valley 最有名的是他的 “Three Peaks,” 也就是由同一只豆子沖成的濃縮, 拿鐵, 跟黑咖啡。想要了解一只豆子的調性, 喝 Three Peaks 準沒錯。不過在抵達Coffee Valley前我已經在 The Roastery by Nozy Coffee 喝了一大杯拿鐵了, 所以我最後選擇了一樣順口的豆奶拿鐵。

Check out the drinks, dessert, and space for yourself!

接下來自己看看這家咖啡廳有多棒吧!

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iced soy latte
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coffee shaved ice with raspberry mascarpone whip
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The Roastery by Nozy Coffee // Omotesando, Tokyo // 表參道, 東京

Omotesando probably has the highest concentration of specialty coffee shops in Tokyo. Some famous coffee shops include Blue Bottle, Coutume Aoyama, and the now-closed Omotesando Koffee. I’ve been loyal to all three for a while now, but this time around, I wanted to try something new and different.

表參道可以說是東京最多精品咖啡廳的聚集地。一些著名的咖啡廳包括Blue Bottle, Coutume Aoyama, 和已經歇業的Omotesando Koffee。雖然我一直都是這三家咖啡廳的鐵粉, 但這次來東京就是想嘗試一些不同的咖啡廳。

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee is located at the cross-section of Cat Street and a quiet peaceful street — its location gives it a bit of a magical touch:

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee 位於有名的「貓街」和一條看似平凡卻令人感到平靜的街道的交叉口上 — 這個地理位置為他增添了不少意境:

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I picked some light roast Ethiopian beans and asked for a cup of latte. Oh, and I also got a N.Y. Ring — if you come there, G E T   I T.

我選了一只衣索比亞的淺培豆, 然後請咖啡師將我的豆子做成一杯香醇的拿鐵。喔, 我還點了一個 N.Y. Ring, 也就是The Roastery自己做的千層甜甜圈 — 你如果有來的話, 你一定要點個N.Y. Ring來吃!

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If you happen to be in the area, give The Roastery a try — if you have some time, I recommend spending a few hours here just to relax, read, or do some work before getting back to the main touristy street 🙂

如果你剛好在表參道附近, 不妨來The Roastery坐坐 — 不趕時間的話, 就在回到充滿人潮的表參道前來這裡坐上幾個小時吧 🙂