Glitch Coffee Brewed @ 9h

Glitch Coffee Brewed, from the wall behind the counter, with the Glitch Coffee logo above and the Nine Hours hotel logo below.I first came across Tokyo’s Glitch Coffee & Roasters on my around the world trip in 2018. Then, I knew it as a small coffee shop/roaster, with a passion for light roasts and filter coffee. When I returned to Tokyo in September this year, I learnt that there was a second branch of Glitch, in Asakaka, closer to my hotel, so on my final day in Tokyo, I set out to explore.

Glitch Coffee Brewed is in the basement lobby of Nine Hours, a newly-opened capsule hotel, both hotel and coffee shop having opened in May this year. There’s not much seating, just nine stools at a U-shaped counter, with a bench inside and another outside. It doubles down on Glitch Coffee & Roasters’ filter obsession, only offering pour-over (via the V60), with a similar range of beans and tasting flights. If you can’t wait, there’s also batch-brew during the week.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • A quiet backstreet in Asakaka: not somewhere you'd expect to find a top-notch...
  • ... speciality coffee shop. But wait! What's this? The Nine Hours capsule hotel?
  • That's right. A capsule hotel, newly built and open from May 2019.
  • There's a clue on the A-board outside the front. It's the home of Glitch Coffee Brewed...
  • ... the second branch of renown coffee shop/roaster, Glitch Coffee Roasters.
  • If you look closely through the window, you can see Glitch in the lobby.
  • But how to get there? Well, look to the right and you'll find a long, shallow ramp...
  • ... which leads down to a door on your left, about halfway along the building.
  • The door, seen from the inside.
  • There's a bench immediately next to the door against the back wall...
  • ... while the bulk of Glitch is at the front of the building, to your left.
  • You can sit at one of two window-bars which run around the outside of Glitch...
  • ... or you can sit at the counter itself, either along the front, or tucked around the corner...
  • ... which is where I ended up. The view is pretty good though.
  • You get good views of the business end of Glitch from here as well!
  • There's plenty of reading material available, while the seating's reserved for coffee shop...
  • ... customers during opening hours. The rest of the time, hotel guests can use it.
  • Nine Hours is very happy for you to use the WiFi by the way!
  • In case you forget where you are!
  • Before we get down to business, here's a (very) quick tour of the hotel. This corridor...
  • ... leads to the capsules at the back. I'm not sure I'd last a night in one of those though!
  • Let's go back to Glitch!
  • The menu and a small merchanise selection are at the corner of the counter...
  • ... with the choice of beans displayed along the front of the counter.
  • Each single-origin has its own V60, dedicated scales and serving jug.
  • The grinder & kettles, meanwhile, are tucked away in the corner at the front. There's no...
  • ... espresso machine, by the way. It's filter-only (the clue's in the name).
  • I ordered a Geisha tasting flight:  here comes the first of my two Geishas.
  • That's the Colombian, a naturally-processed Geisha from La Masa La Maria.
  • Now for the Bolivian Geisha, which, in contrast, is a washed coffee.
  • There's something quite magical about watching coffee being poured into a cup.
  • All done.
  • Now all I have to do is drink them. I love trying different coffees side-by-side like this.
  • I'll leave you with my two empty cups, the sign of a well-spent afternoon!
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You need a little bit of faith to find Glitch Coffee Brewed (and the hotel). Located on a typically narrow Tokyo back-street, a short stroll from the bustle of Asakaka, it’s not where you’d expect to find a speciality coffee shop, but there it is, on your right as you walk away from Asakaka. Even then, you need to know what you’re looking for, since only the small A-board on the pavement proclaims the presence of Glitch.

However, look carefully and you’ll see the coffee counter through the windows of the sunken lobby. A broad, sloping ramp runs down the hotel’s right-hand side, with a door on the left at the bottom. This brings you into the back of Glitch, which is off to your left, with reception straight ahead of you, at the back, a corridor to the right leading to the hotel proper.

Not that any of that need bother you if you’re just here for the coffee. Glitch is organised around a U-shaped seating area. A window-bar runs along the right-hand side of the space, continuing along the front, where it joins seamlessly with the counter, which runs down the left-hand side. Seating is provided by nine broad stools, two of which are on the back of the counter, next to the reception desk. There’s also a bench by the door against the back wall, and another, smaller bench outside.

Although Glitch Coffee & Roasters is small, Glitch Coffee Brewed is smaller still, with only a single barista, which means you get a much more personal service. My barista, Miho, the manager of Glitch Coffee Brewed, was very happy to chat, seeing conversing with customers as a large part of her job. Given that I speak no Japanese, it helped that her English was excellent, the result of working in Australia for four years!

The menu is similar to Glitch Coffee & Roasters, with five single-origins on offer (two Ethiopians, washed and natural, a natural Rwandan, a washed Kenya and a natural Colombian Geisha), which can be had by the cup, or in tasting flights where you can compare two or three different beans side-by-side. Although it wasn’t explicitly on the menu, Miho was very happy to serve me the Geisha tasting flight I’d seen at Glitch Coffee & Roasters.

Soon I was tucking into the Colombian Geisha alongside a washed Bolivian Geisha. Compared to the tasting flight at Glitch Coffee & Roasters, I felt there was a lot less contrast between the two, despite the different processing methods. Both were excellent, however, smooth, subtle coffees, although I fear much of the subtly was lost on me! Of the two, the Colombian was my favourite, offering a sweeter cup.

4-3-14 AKASAKA • MINATO-KU • TOKYO • 107-0052 • JAPAN
http://glitchcoffee.com +81 (0) 3 5545 1565
Monday 08:00 – 18:00 Roaster Glitch (filter only)
Tuesday 08:00 – 18:00 Seating Window-bar, Counter, Bench; Bench (outside)
Wednesday 08:00 – 18:00 Food None
Thursday 08:00 – 18:00 Service Counter
Friday 08:00 – 18:00 Payment Card + Cash
Saturday 08:00 – 18:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 08:00 – 18:00 Power No
Chain Local Visits 15th September 2019

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