Yoshihiro Nakazawa worked as a certified coffee roaster in Tokyo before settling in Budapest in 2014 with his Hungarian wife. Here, he has continued his native craft. Out of a charming, hole-in-the-wall downtown space he sells four types of medium-roast Arabica coffee beans and single-cup capsules compatible with Nespresso machines. The beans come in 125g bags with prices ranging from HUF1,400 to HUF1,700 (€5-6). Hand pour-over coffee to go is also available, including cold brews during the summer. Yoshihiro uses a Japanese pour-over dripper, KONO Meimon, which can be purchased in the store/café along with paper filters.
But the best thing about Shimaya is the ambiance: the café is tucked away on a quiet downtown backstreet, and there’s a great sense of revelation when stumbling upon it for the first time. Combined with Yoshihiro’s mild-mannered demeanor, it feels like having been transported into a new wave Tokyo coffee shop.
Tea fans can indulge in the Chinese and Japanese loose leaf tea selections that include hojicha (roasted tea) and sencha varieties. Yoshihiro also sells hand-crafted, ceramic tea cups and teapots imported from Japan.