Little Nap COFFEE STAND sits in a corner populated by Tokyo’s creative community near Yoyogi Park, sequestered from the urban frenzy. A caffeine joint that congregates people in the neighbourhood, the café emanates an unfettered laid-back charm. It is a tranquil place where you can commune with others or enjoy time out alone; a place where people of different backgrounds have serendipitous encounters, spurring new collaborative visions. Little Nap COFFEE STAND also has another outlet at Vacant in Harajuku.
Owner Daisuke Hamada harked back to his coffee roots and opened Little Nap COFFEE STAND in Feb 2011. Although Hamada can deftly hand brew coffee, he is also familiar with the intricacies of espresso machines. With pertinent technical aptitude as part of his repertory, Hamada can tune-up his shiny Synesso machine himself. Being an avid music lover, Hamada also organises music events such as Little Nap MUSIC STAND.
The blend of the day – made with beans from Brazil and Ethiopia was silky with nutty notes, bolstered by a lilting citric acidity. Sonia’s latte was velvety with a mellow acidity and milk that coaxed sweetness out of the beans. Ice-cream and beverages for children were also available on the menu.
Far beyond a stimulating beverage, coffee is a social lubricant. Coffee time can be a social experience or personal indulgence; a coffee shop has become the center of urban sociability and Little Nap COFFEE STAND is just that. Strike up a chat with genial Hamada as an effusive welcome or simply to know the latest happenings around town.
I darted a surreptitious glance at Sonia, silently sighing with contentment: happiness is a cup of coffee with her. We put aside the empty cups and continued sauntering with our hands clasped.
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Address: 5-65-4 YOYOGI SHIBUYA-KU TOKYO 151-0053