Let’s start with a very large disclaimer: I tend to prefer (green) tea over coffee, and spent years living on relatively low caffeine levels. I do need a bit of extra caffeine to shake me awake nowadays though, and thus initially welcomed the fad that is hand-drip coffee in all its multifarious varieties, as it meant that the availability of pretty decent-tasting coffee was multiplying at a very rapid pace.
But then things took off and let’s be honest: virtually every damn place turned into a coffee-connoisseur-type venue (whether or not actually worthy of the label), thereby massively overcomplicating my ordering (‘Coffee, please’ hasn’t cut it for a while now) and eating up a very large chunk of everyone’s already lengthy commuting time. I digress. Did I mention I prefer tea?
After all, the only thing you really ought to linger over is a cup of tea – cold coffee is a bit rank anyways. Thus, the recent arrival of a tea-drip specialist in Tokyo sent our hearts racing more than any highly caffeinated pop-up stand could. Tokyo Saryo, a nine-seater south of Sangenjaya, was opened by a pair of designers looking to put the focus back on tea.