10 Must Visit Roaster Cafes in Fukuoka
Fukuoka has many roaster cafes. These are 10 of the roaster cafes I recommend you visit for a seriously amazing coffee morning, break or even dinner. It’s based mainly around the city and I really hope this helps with your trip planning when coming to Fukuoka. Maps are way down below to show you where the roaster cafes are located.
A roaster cafe in Fujisaki Fukuoka. A small, modern and simple roaster cafe with a lot of potential. This place is known for its amazing selection of coffee from different parts of the world. The owner, Toru Nishioka, serves his coffee using the pour-over method.
He has a mighty Fuji Royal roaster by the corner of his cafe, and you may have the opportunity to see him roasting his coffee beans. The roaster machine is a thing of a beauty that’ll have you more and more interested in it.
The coffee he lines up changes throughout the year, and he also creates blends for seasonal and special occasions like Valentine’s and Christmas.
As for food, he serves a sandwich of the day as well as desserts and other light bites. Toru is very adventurous when it comes to desserts and ice creams. Try his home-made ice cream, it’s superb. He also knows quite a bit about wine so you’ll also have some interesting wine conversations.
Address: 103 2-1-1 Fujisaki Sawara Ward Fukuoka City Fukuoka Prefecture
Open Hours: 10:00 ~ 20:00 (closed on Tuesdays)
What’s Unique: A very large selection of coffee from light roasts to dark roasts. Probably one of the ideal places to understand the differences of coffee roasts and coffee origins.
A roaster cafe specialising mostly in dark roasts. The MARUGO blend is so far one of the best dark roast blends I’ve had and that’s what I recommend you try when you go there. The owner, Shiraishi, opened his roaster cafe back in 2010 and it’s been popular with the locals ever since. He uses a direct heat roaster machine which is known to bring out the full and direct flavour of the coffee beans. His coffee has personality, and his mouth-watering cakes made with finesse will surely enrich your coffee pairing experience.
This is an old style (kissaten) cafe, so smoking is allowed inside. I would recommend you visit this place even if you can’t tolerate other customers smoking. The atmosphere, cakes, and coffee is so worth it.
Address: 2-10-23 Yakuin Chuo-ku Fukuoka City Fukuoka Prefecture
Open Hours: 10:00 ~ 21:00 ( sometimes it opens late, so it maybe better to go after 11 am; the place is usually open everyday so nine times out of ten you’ll find it open )
What’s Unique: Specializing in dark roasts, you’ll get deeply immersed inside some of the tastes and flavors that can be found when you pass a certain stage in the roasting process depending on the coffee origins.
Dejavu – That moment you realize that you’re been there before, even when you actually haven’t been there. That’s the atmosphere Yoshida visualized when he set up his cafe. Black cats are something of a luck animal in Japan, and he also loves cats. So it made sense to have a cat-themed cafe as well which really does add to the mysterious and magical atmosphere the cafe emits.
Let’s talk about the coffee. Yoshida-san roasts his coffee using a roaster machine at his home. His father runs a roaster cafe in Kyoto, and he grew up watching his father roasting the beans and also helping him out. He really knows his stuff about roasting. Something I was really impressed was the blends he created. They all have their single origin base, and he uses the appropriate coffee to emphasize their qualities.
The coffee is extracted using the syphon which is a dying art in Japan nowadays. The syphon really brings out the fragrance of the coffee, as well as a creamy and silky mouthfeel that you won’t usually get with other extraction methods.
Address: 1-5-5 Daimyo Chuo-ku Fukuoka City Fukuoka
Open hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00 (closed on Tuesdays)
What’s Unique: The deja vu moment you really get, jazz music and lives, delicious curry and coffee that fills your nostrils with amazing fragrance
A third wave laboratory cafe in the Tani area next to Ropponmatsu Fukuoka. The owner, Koji Fusuku, searches for the perfect coffee at his ‘ laboratory ‘ which is lined up with various coffee drippers as well as two espresso machines. He started off as a master in pour-overs and is now learning the art of pulling great espresso shots.
He roasts his beans using a small roaster machine, and he’s gained experience in finding the right coffee beans and then roasting them to bring out the best in them. Koi has big dreams and aims to conquer the brewers championship, roasting championship as well as the barista championship.
He’s already proven himself in the brewing championship, and it’s interesting to see how much he grows.
The cafe is cozy, and you’ll forget time when you’re inside surrounded by good vibes.
Address: 1 Chome-12-30 Tani, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0031
Open Hours: 7:00~18:00 (closed on Wednesdays )
What’s Unique:Relaxing and cozy atmosphere. A local vibe, delicious specialty coffee, and the hotdog pretzel everyone goes crazy for. You can also make coffee, and pull espresso shots.
The owner, Takaomi Eguchi, is a national roasting champion. He knows his stuff about roasting. Literally. His 6.4 house blend (representing the address of his cafe) is just amazing, a medium-dark roast which will have you craving for more.
There’s a bakery next to the cafe, and you can buy bread and have them at COFFEEMAN together with Eguchi-san’s coffee. The bakery and cafe, bread and coffee concept has created a buzz around the neighborhood and it’s a really popular place in Fukuoka.
Although COFFEEMAN has 4 core blends on the menu, they consistently introduce single origin coffee, as well as seasonal blends.
The blends are all described using numbers. The lower the number the lighter the roast and the higher the number the darker the roast.
The interior has a unique atmosphere with the vintage-look wooden chairs and a soothing white wall and warm lighting. Eguchi-san had a bit of inspiration from Scandinavia he says.
Address: 4-5-23 Ropponmatsu Chuo-ku Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, Japan
Open Hours: 8:00 – 20:00 (Tuesdays to Sundays)
What’s Unique: A serene atmosphere. Unique way of extracting coffee with the pour-over method. Next to a bakery so you’re free to buy the bread and eat it at the cafe. Good recommendations on the coffee and bread pairing. Seriously amazing coffee.
If you were looking for a cafe run by a power couple, look no more because you’ll find that at Sofu Coffee in Befu Fukuoka. The Yoshida couple have two major skill sets. The husband with the coffee, the wife with desserts. Every weekend they make their well-renowned cream-puffs, together with cheese cakes, chocolate cakes, scones, rum-raisin cakes and other delights which can also be found on weekdays. The dessert menu can change according to the season.
Coffee is quite simply delicious. It’s extracted with the nel or flannel drip, a kind of soft-woven fabric that acts as a sieve for the coffee grinds. The cool thing is that its made with many layers, cushioning the coffee grinds and producing a silky smooth texture. It also brings out a richness in coffee unlike any other extraction methods. Yoshida-san’s blends are amazing and you can have fun with the many different combinations/pairings of coffee and dessert.
Yoshida-san is also a showman. He knows how to entertain his customers and even though he doesn’t speak English, you’ll have an entertaining time with him, trust me.
Address: 1 Chome-3-11 Befu, Jonan Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 814-0107
Open Hours: 13:00 ~ 22:00 ( Closed on Wednesdays and Special Occasions; sometimes you’ll find the cafe full, so just take a short walk and by the time you come back you’ll probably get a seat)
What’s Unique: Desserts that are as good as the one that you find at patisseries. The coffee extracted with the flannel drip is something out of this world. The interior and vibes are amazing and you’ll definitely be entertained by Yoshida-san.
The love, passion and coffee can be greatly felt with the coffee you get at Coffee County. The owner, Mori-san spent several months in coffee producing countries such as Nicaragua to actually learn the whole cycle of coffee from seed to cup. It takes extreme dedication to even think about doing that, and that’s why the coffee Mori-san roasts is so amazing and moving.
The quality of coffee is some of the best out there. The great thing about the coffee here is that they take care not to disturb the potential flavors of the coffee at hand, and work on emphasizing and bringing out the bold flavors of that single origin coffee. Which means that you get to really taste the difference between all the single origins.
It’s definitely one of the pilgrim spots for coffee lovers. He has two stores and the picture above is the one you can find in Takasago.
They also serve espresso beverages such as caffe latte and cappuccino. The espresso from single origins together with steamed milk creates a wonderful taste without disturbing the balance of the coffee.
Address: 1 Chome-21-21 Takasago, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open Hours: 11:00 ~ 19:00 (closed on Wednesdays)
What’s Unique: A warming purple interior, coffee taste cups for you to try before deciding your coffee. They also serve amazing cakes and cookies that pair well with the coffee.
Address: 10-5 Hotarugawamachi, Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open Hours: 13:00 ~ 18:00 (Closed on Tuesday)
A part of the African spirit can be found in Fukuoka. It grows mightier than ever on a peaceful neighborhood in Hakata, Fukuoka. Masukaru Coffee is run by Ryoko Miyazaki, a former member of the JICA program which is a volunteer program that sends its members all over the world to assist developing countries.
Fate or not, she was deployed to the mecca of coffee to Ethiopia. After spending some time there, she came back to work in Fukuoka and soon worked at Coffee Bimi, an old roaster cafe specializing in coffee from Ethiopia and Yemen. After three years of working under the owner there, she opened her own Ethiopian themed roaster cafe in Hakata.
She serves single origin coffee as well as her house blend using the flannel drip. She says she still has so much to learn about roasting, but her coffee keeps getting better by the month. Her healthy muffins are absolutely delicious, and her patisserie skills are so obvious with the amazing cheese cakes and chocolate cakes she serves.
She also holds the Ethiopian coffee ceremony on the 11th day of every month. The eleventh day of september represents the new year in the Ethiopian calendar and that’s why she holds it on that day. It’s quite popular among the locals since it’s not something you see everyday. I wrote a lot more about the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony here.
Address: 4-16-14 Hakataekiminami, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-0016, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open Hours: 09:00 ~ 18:00 (closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and on the 11th)
What’s Unique: The infinite silent space that takes you miles away from Japan and into the savannah of Africa. A very ideal place to take a book and spend some time in total peace.
A former Starbucks employee, and now a cafe owner handling specialty coffee. Kouichi Gondo roasts his coffee during the morning hours in beautiful Ropponmatsu of Fukuoka and sometimes you can smell the waft of roasting coffee. The interior of Saredo Coffee is spacious with high ceilings and generous spacing between tables. The lime green color of paint is soothing and some retro jazz tasting music fits perfectly. Coffee sacks also hang on the wall to showcase some the coffee he roasts.
The coffee he roasts are of medium to city roasts. The coffee is well-balanced, with an even spectrum of acidity and darkness coming from the coffee. You can also find single origin coffee which Gondo-san took the time to specifically choose. There’re many coffee farms that produce amazing coffee but are in need of financial support to continue what they’re doing. And Gondo-san’s generosity and philanthropic nature can really be seen here. He also holds annual donation campaigns to help charities and such organizations within Japan.
His espresso skills are pretty amazing. One of his signature espresso beverages ( at least I think it is ) is the latte. But it’s not just any old latte. It’s a combination of all the skills he’s gained through his Starbucks years supplemented by a novel perspective to specialty coffee as well as roasting. I have a feeling he really took the time to find the right milk for his espresso roasts. The latte is simply amazing. Rich and creamy, sweetness coming through and the balance of milk and espresso is unlike any. This is a latte I would not mind having everyday for the rest of my life. It’s that good.
Address: Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, Chuo Ward, Ropponmatsu, 3−11−33, 101
Open Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00 (Closed on Wednesdays)
What’s Unique: The cafe latte is superb. Try it. Also the cookies and light desserts pair well with the coffee.
A roaster cafe located in Minato and a cafe branch in Kego within Fukuoka city. Their theme seems to be the ocean, as their house blend name goes by Minato Blend, which in Japanese means ‘seaport’. Also, their logo mark is of a nurse shark shooting out bubbles.
The cafe has good vibes with chill music and a cozy color. A slow tempo music and wonderful fragrance of coffee is enough to prevent you from leaving.
The coffee is served using the syphon. The amazing body you get with the syphon is something very difficult to describe. Sort of like having melted butter mixed with cream, and the fragrance is just mind-blowing. Since the coffee filters through a flannel, the oils from the coffee sort of filter through as little micro oils which float on top of the coffee and give off the amazing fragrance.
The branch in Kego is well known for its amazing light and fluffy pancakes while the one in Minato is known for its amazing curry.
Address: 2-10-6 Minato Chuo-ku Fukuoka Fukuoka
Open Hours: 11:00 ~ 19:00( closed Mondays )
What’s unique: Air plants and a beautiful Giesen roaster to look at.
Address: 2-15-10 Kego Chuo Ward Fukuoka City Fukuoka Prefecture
Open Hours: 8:00 ~ 19:00 (Monday to Thursday, Sunday)
8:00 ~ 24:00 ( Friday, Saturday )
What’s Unique: The ocean paintings on the walls are beautiful. It’s painted by a local artist. The pancakes are delicious and a very popular destination among young adults.