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Great value for money coffee beans at Daiichi Coffee

I have a confession to make, but don’t tell my husband.  I love a coffee with something sweet. Sometimes I just brew a pot of strong black coffee with unbreakable willpower. Today, I say to myself, I will drink coffee as it is and enjoy its unique taste and flavor without adding any sweeteners. Not even a spoonful of super tasty palm sugar or a so-called healthy coconut sugar. But then I spot a leftover cookie or an extremely lonely sweet steamed bun in the fridge, and forget about my decision… Oh, those are the little moments of joy! To get the best quality of coffee I grind the necessary amount of coffee beans just before brewing.

FullSizeRender__4___1443188727_83643Unfortunately, coffee beans in Tokyo aren’t cheap and all those little 100 or 200 gram bags can add up, significantly inflating my monthly coffee budget. To avoid this unpleasant side-effect (by the way, it is the only side-effect I’ve discovered after several years of drinking coffee), stop by Daiichi Coffee (第一コーヒー). They specialize mostly in coffee beans, but tea and Italian goods are also available.

FullSizeRender__1443187423_11668Coffee beans at Daiichi Coffee are affordable. While a 200 gram pack usually costs between 400 and 680 yen, my favorite Colombian coffee is precisely 400 yen. 200 yen per 100 gram of 100% Arabica, can you believe it? Wait, what is Arabica? It is a mild, acidic coffee bean which is low in caffeine and is highly rated among coffee aficionados in the world. To get an idea of the contrast in prices, just check out Nissin next door or Kaldi Coffee Farm.


The staff is usually working on the second floor, so you have to ring the inter phone to call someone down to take your order. There are many coffee cups, coffee pots and other interesting devices in the showcase.IMG_4605__1443191389_91131While a friendly worker was getting my order upstairs, I caught a glimpse of barrels with expensive Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.FullSizeRender__3___1443189168_67652


Daiichi Coffee (第一コーヒー)
Address: Tokyo, Minato Ward, Azabu-Juban 3-10-1
Access: a short walk from Azabu-Juban Station.
Open: 9 AM – 5 PM
Distance from airport: About 72 km from Narita Airport.

Article by Olga Kaneda

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