World’s Largest Starbucks Now Finally Open in Tokyo
After the phenomenal success of the lustrous roastery in Milan comes the grand welcome to the chain’s largest coffee shop and roastery – Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo. The Japan-based roastery is the second in Asia, beating the now-smaller Starbucks Shanghai. To date, Starbucks Tokyo is considered as the world’s largest Starbucks.
The reserve spans for about 32,000 square feet, quite larger than the 30,000 square foot store in China. It’s the fifth reserve roastery in the world after Seattle, New York, Shanghai, and Milano. The Reserve Roastery is located in the Nakameguro district of Tokyo, along the cherry blossomed Meguro river. Designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the coffee temple hosts a four-storey coffee bean cask that warmly greets visitors upon entrance.
INSIDE THE JAPANESE HAVEN OF AMERICAN COFFEE
Also largely responsible for Starbucks Taiwan (which used stacked shipping containers in support of the coffee chain’s green sustainable goals), and Starbucks Fukuoka (the aesthetically unique café branch also in Japan), Kengo Kuma has once again conceptualized a creation which reflects and embodies the culture of Japan. Celebrating the love for coffee, the Tokyo reserve also caters to tea enthusiasts. Starbucks Tokyo has a dedicated Teavana bar, which, consequently, is the world’s largest tea bar and the globe’s first cocktail bar.
STARBUCKS TOKYO 1F: THE BLOOMING ENTRANCE
The 55-foot coffee cask is certainly waiting to greet you upon entrance. Aside from its high presence and its capacity to annually roast almost 750 tons of beans, it is wonderfully adorned with sakura, or cherry blossoms – flowers that are culturally distinct in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The cherry blossoms are all handmade in copper using tsubame-tsuiki, a traditional method of forging copperware. The technique is known to be defined as the hammering of a bronze plate in a unique number of ways. In the case of the world’s largest Starbucks in Tokyo, the tsubame-tsuiki was done by each individual. This means that every person involved in the building of the Reserve Roastery was given the chance to hammer the sakura-patterned bronze plates.
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The first floor of the Roastery already gives coffee enthusiasts a spectacular view as they are graced with the main coffee bar and the first Princi Italia bakery in Japan. The Princi bakery is an upmarket-specific bakery created by Starbucks. Princi Italia is the sole supplier of all baked goods and pastries at all Reserve Roasteries around the world
STARBUCKS TOKYO 2F: THE TEAVANA BAR
The coffee chain definitely did not forget the rich tea culture that is a foundation of Japan. With a dedicated tea bar, the world’s largest Teavana bar can be found at the roastery’s second floor. Aside from the usual offerings of desserts and pastries, the Teavana bar will offer premium Japanese green teas that originate for the local farms.
A sneak peek of the bar’s offerings include the Sakura Path, Floating Blossoms, and the glorious Matcha Tea Fondue. Naturalistic and quite wooden in design, the atmosphere encourages tea drinkers to savor the taste and the one-of-a-kind upscale experience.
STARBUCKS TOKYO 3F: THE ARRIVIAMO
In case you’re wanting to take a break from adrenaline coffee or calming tea, the third-floor of the world’s largest Starbucks roastery greets you in the name of martini. Known as the floor of the Arriviamo bar, it offers selections of classic cocktails, aperitive, beers, and wines that are inspired and made from the interesting possibilities of Starbucks coffee and Teavana tea.
STARBUCKS TOKYO 4F: AMU INSPIRATION LOUNGE
With the aim to encourage, connect, and inspire all enthusiasts from all walks of life, the fourth floor of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery is highlighted by the first-ever AMU inspiration lounge. The word “amu” directly translates to the phrase “to knit”, which summarizes the function of the space.
The AMU lounge will host gatherings and coffee-related events, as it is planned to become the first Specialist Coffee Association in Japan. The Specialist Coffee Association is set to be involved in becoming the pioneer coffee training location in the country as well.
The world’s largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo undeniably imbibes and meshes the rich background of Japan and the love for coffee and tea. Tailor-made to cater its market and all enthusiasts, the roastery serves as an embodiment of its locale’s culture and tradition.
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