Kurasu – Kyoto (JP)

One of Kyoto’s latest arrivals is a minimalist coffee bar that sits right next to Kyoto Station and serves a great variety of Japanese coffee roasters

  • opening times:
    Mon - Sun: 8 - 18
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
    FacebookWebsite
  • price check:
    Espresso: ¥330 / Flat White: ¥400 / Filter: ¥500
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea PB
  • coffees on offer:
    various from different roasters
  • milk:
    Yukijiroshi

Founded by Yozo Otsuki who also runs a coffee subscription service by the same name, Kurasu quickly amassed a loyal following in its hometown and amongst coffee lovers from elsewhere in Japan and further afield. In many ways, the coffee shop is an incarnation of what Yozo was already doing with his subscription, namely showcasing Japan’s finest specialty coffee roasters in a monthly rotating fashion.

Espresso

Espresso

This principle is mainly applied to its selection of filter coffees, coming from the likes of Otomo Coffee, Single O, Taoca Coffee and more. There is also a decent selection of coffee making equipment by popular favourites Kalita and Hario.

View from outside

View from outside

The bar is equipped with an elegant black La Marzocco Linea PB, a brew bar complete with an EK47 and a batch brewer, and they also serve a small selection of other beverages such as Chai, Matcha Lattes and Lemonade.

Coffee menu

Coffee menu

The surrounding area may not be Kyoto’s prettiest but as Yozo told me during our recent email exchange, he picked it because its got a decent mix of tourists, office workers and students who frequent Kurasu at all times of the day.

Kalitas

Kalitas

And, its close proximity to some of Kyoto’s most important temples makes this place a perfect starting point for exploring the city’s most spiritual places. While I took in the continuous flow of people outside, heading to and fro, with the occasional guest popping in for a quick caffeine fix to go, I chatted a wee bit with Kurasu’s barista Yumeka Otsuki who worked her way through all orders with an impeccable level of calmness. “You know, we haven’t really done any promotion and still, we receive an incredible amount of international customers. That’s social media for you,” she proclaimed.

Coffees for sale

Coffees for sale

The fact that staff speak excellent English is is happy to share handy tips on where to eat and what to avoid is a great +.

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