Onibus Coffee inhabits a cool little concrete, glass and timber cabin that feels a little like. Specialty coffee pop-up.
You’ll find Onibus Nakameguro at the end of a narrow lane in the busy side-streets around Nakameguro station. Seating is at a couple of stools at the front window and some bench seats in a plant-decked deck at the side. Stairs at the back lead to another communal sitting area.
A mural on the back wall by Chalk Boy details the journey from bean to cup, while the lovely porcelain cups themselves are made by Tokyo’s Yumiko Iihoshi Porcelain.
From the deck you can watch the barista at work making espresso and hand-drip brews. You can also watch the roaster in action out the back – Onibus moved their roasting operation here from their original Okusawa location – the whole operation fits into this phantom tollbooth.
Espresso shots from a La Marzocco Linea PB are bright and fruity without being acid hot: a nice balance that manages to showcase the bean and give some satisfying body and sweetness.
Hand-made filter brews are light and subtle, and might be served in a paper cup even if you drink in – so ask for a porcelain cup.
Where Meguro-Ku, Kamimeguro 2-14-1, Tokyo
When Daily 9am–6pm