I Don't Know Coffee Chigasaki Reviews
A Real Coffee Shop in a Beach Community Oct 16, 2011
'I Don't Know Coffee' is the ironic and iconic name of a cool little coffee shop in the beachside community of Chigasaki, Japan. If you happen to be passing through the area, it's about a 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride from the Chigasaki train station.
The owner Nii (his nickname) runs a cool little shop that would be suited for Berkley, California or Seattle, Washington. My first visit to 'I Don't Know Coffee' in October of 2010, I was surprised at the excellence of the latte I had, and came back almost everyday during my stay in Chigasaki in order to support Nii and his charming wife, Hiro.
Turns out Nii had spent 2 months in Seattle studying coffee and roasting, which explains the excellence of his product and the integrity present in his store. Beautiful all wood interior, with his roaster right next to the front counter, Nii picks out by hand the defective beans after every roast; and you'll find fresh, full bean coffee in sealed glass containers over to the right of the counter waiting for purchase. I bought some Rwandan for a good friend back home in California, since it's a roast you don't often see in the States.
There's some nice little cafes and restaurants right around the coffee shop, so this would do well as a cap off of a good meal, or just a stop by to see how a small coffee house in Japan runs. Nii and Hiro speak some English, so you won't be out in the woods, they could probably even help you with directions if you were lost. They're the cool, young couple--Hiro studying Japanese flute and guitar, Nii the independent coffeehouse owner. Hiro's dress reminds me of a young, hippie-ish Seattle or Portland girl, and Nii wears a British riding cap, in true barista fashion.
They have a nice little patio with a wood bench, and a picnic table. If you like dogs, their English Sheep Dog, 'Goro', will greet you, though he's pretty passive (in case you're not a pets fan). If it happens to start raining, Nii has an awning that folds out and covers the picnic table completely.
Expect to pay 350Y for a cup of coffee, which will be personally made from freshly ground beans using the individual cup drip method, or in my case 450Y for a small vanilla latte. It's Japanese prices and sizes, but the quality and excellence that you expect from a Japanese business (if you have ever been to Japan before). A true coffee house experience.
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