A World First - Hand Drip Japanese Tea: Tokyo Saryo
Tokyo Saryo: The world’s first hand drip green tea cafe
It’s still bitterly cold, and when I go out it’s never long before I find myself looking for a cafe where I can get something warm to drink. There are always plenty of places where you can get a coffee or tea, but today I’d like to introduce you to a cafe that specialises in particularly delicious Japanese tea.
In Setagaya ward’s famous Sangenjaya (the name actually means ‘3 tea shops’!) you can sit at the counter while a barista brews you some high quality Japanese tea at the newly opened “Tokyo Saryo” (lit. ‘Tokyo Teahouse’).
Just like coffee, Japanese tea’s flavour varies greatly depending on the growing area, breed, and how is steamed or roasted. At Tokyo Saryo, rarer leaves are bought from all over the country with each breed coming from only one producer, and with water temperature and brewing times carefully adjusted to allow for a taster menu where you can really experience the distinct flavours.
Further, this isn’t simply because of the different leaves, but also the variation of water temperature used in the drip process which goes from 70℃ for the first round, to 80℃ for the second, and finally over 80℃ for the third, allowing for control over the extraction of amino acids, caffeine and catechin in order to create a 3 step variation menu even using the same leaf.
The leaves on the menu are also sold in packages with a nitrogen filling to keep them fresh, meaning you can enjoy them at home.
In addition, sweets such as roasted tea manju, dry fruit selections, and scented rice cakes, etc. are also available, with all having been selected for how well they pair with Japanese tea. There is an endless number of variations depending on how you combine them with the season or china you serve them on.
Going forward, they also plan to hold events and workshops on how to further enjoy tea through original fusions and ways of roasting it. How about dropping in for a rest and a cuppa?
Location: 1 Chome-34-15 Kamiuma, Setagaya-ku, Tōkyō-to 154-0011
Access: 7 minutes walk from Denenchoufu line Sangenjaya Station’s South Exit B
Opening times: 13:00-20:00 (Weekdays), 11:00-20:00 (Holidays)
Closed: Monday (Or following day if Monday is a national holiday)