Jul. 24, 2019 UPDATE

MonoArt coffee roasters

Obsessive and freshly roasted, MonoArt’s coffee is art itself
Situated only a minutes’ walk from the Hankyu Karawamachi station, MonoArt coffee roasters is a specialty coffee shop that obsesses over not only the beans and roasting but the freshness of their coffee as well. MonoArt coffee roasters are adamant about roasting their beans every day and only serving coffee roasted within the last 48 hours, so that people can enjoy the natural flavors and aromas of the coffee. This steadfast devotion means that whatever you choose at MonoArt is always sure to be freshly roasted. The reason behind this obsession with freshly roasted coffee is simple; it’s “because it’s easier to drink” says owner Kawaguchi. Kawaguchi continued, saying, “To me, easy to drink means good.” Kawaguchi also explained that his dedication to freshly roasted coffee also comes from two desires of his. The first, the desire to have customers enjoy the natural flavors and aromas of coffee, and the second, the desire to have them, through the tasting of those natural flavors, appreciate the farmers who painstakingly grew the beans. The name MonoArt coffee roasters originates in the idea that coffee roasting is both an art and a craft (Japanese: monodzukuri). Both art and craft require creativity, the ideals of the creator and materialize only with a certain level of obsession. Kawaguchi says that similarly coffee roasting, too, requires a clear image of the desired flavors and the creativity to draw out the potential of the beans. In short, the coffee at MonoArt is all of Kawaguchi’s thoughts, feelings, and ideas solidified into individual pieces of art. Each magnificent art-like cup of coffee at MonoArt is packed with Kawaguchi’s eagerness to have people enjoy and relish in simply good coffee. And when you sit down with one of these coffees, it’ll unwittingly bring a smile to your face. We highly recommend taking the time to check out MonoArt coffee roasters and their obsessively good select coffee.
Original Blend
Original Blend / ¥480(Inc. Tax)
The Original Blend is a cup of MonoArt coffee roasters’ recommended blend. MonoArt offer a selection of roasts ranging from light to dark, giving even non-coffeeholics something to enjoy. MonoArt work a lot on their roasting in order to properly showcase the sweetness of each variety of bean, so when you first drink this original blend, try it without any added milk or sugar and just enjoy the natural flavors and aromas of the beans. The MonoArt coffee roasters Original Blend above was a medium-dark roast. Owner Kawaguchi wanted to bring out a citrusy acidity and dark chocolate flavor, so he blended together Brazilian and Columbian beans to achieve a bitter dark chocolate taste. Because of this, you’ll get a citrus and apple-like juicy acidity with rich, bitter dark chocolate notes. For the mug, MonoArt use their original mugs, which feature a cute rounded design. The rounded design gives off a warm, fluffy feel, and when taking a sip, feel gentle on the lips.
Cappuccino / ¥480(Inc. Tax)
MonoArt coffee roasters’ Cappuccino, a markedly beautiful, robust coffee. The reason behind the look of MonoArt’s Cappuccino is that owner Kawaguchi thought “Rather than sprinkling a practically non-existant amount of cocoa on the coffee, if you’re going to use the powder, you might as well chuck on a heap load and give the cappuccino another level of depth.” The beautifully sprinkled cocoa powder is pure cocoa, which is packed with Polyphenol and somewhat of a superfood. With your first sip, you’ll enjoy the aroma and bitterness of the cocoa combined with the fine bubbles of the foam. Then comes the beautiful coffee that lies below. Finally, mix the cocoa with the coffee and enjoy what makes this cappuccino so delicious.
Espresso Martini
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Espresso Martini / ¥1,000(Inc. Tax)
MonoArt coffee roasters’ Espresso Martini is a vodka-based martini served in a cooly beautiful glass sitting on a bed of ice. The layer of crema brings excitement and surprise from the very first with its incredibly fine bubbles and otherwordly texture. Made with freshly roasted coffee, this incredibly fragrant cocktail gives off the unmistakable aroma of a full-bodied espresso. Although quite a strong cocktail, we still recommend it to both lovers of alcohol and coffee alike. In addition to espresso martinis, MonoArt also offer a range of other coffee based cocktails, including Black Roses and Espresso Orange Sodas. These cocktails are the perfect pre-dinner drinks and make MonoArt a great place to get some drinks before going out for dinner.
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Affogato / ¥600(Inc. Tax)
MonoArt coffee roasters use freshly roasted beans for all their coffee, and this affogato is no exception. Lose yourself in the world of smells that spring forth when you pour the aromatic espresso over the cool vanilla ice cream. Take a spoonful of the affogato just as the ice cream begins to melt to enjoy the rich, milky flavors of the exquisite combination that is sweet vanilla ice cream and bitter, full-bodied espresso. MonoArt’s Affogato is a dessert of the highest quality and the result of testing a number of different vanilla ice creams and finding the one that best matches the flavors of espresso.
How to Order

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① When you first enter the store, have a look over the menu on the counter and decide on what you would like to order.

The menu is in English as well, so you can also simply point to what you would like to order.

② After ordering, find a seat. There are both tables and counter seats available.

③ If you are a little parched, feel free to grab water while you wait for your coffee.

The water is on the counter, and you pour it yourself.

④ For those sitting at one of the tables, when your order is ready you will be called, so please go and pick it up from the counter.

If you are sitting at the counter, there is no need to worry as your order will be handed to you as is.

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At MonoArt coffee roasters you can also pick up original MonoArt merchandise as well.

A designer friend of the owner made all the stylish and cool designs.

It is all quite popular, so if there’s something that catches your eye, it might be best to get it there and then. 

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The moment I first stepped foot in MonoArt coffee roasters, I could feel owner Mr. Kawaguchi’s aesthetic sense instantly. The coffee may be a given, but everything down to the cups and pictures on the wall simply radiated Mr. Kawaguchi. I should also mention that I love going to such obsessive peoples’ stores. Why? Because I find it super exciting to get the opportunity to share the kind world view only held by such people. I highly recommend everyone go and check out the unique world of MonoArt coffee roasters for themselves. And while you’re there, don’t forget to treat yourself to one of the art-like coffees or cocktails by Mr. Kawaguchi, who sees coffee roasting as both an art and a craft. I honestly think that one sip is all you’re going to need to see just how different this unique coffee shop is from all the others.
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MonoArt coffee roasters is a café teeming with owner Mr. Kawaguchi’s philosophy of “I just wanna make stuff that tastes good.” Something Mr. Kawaguchi said while we were interviewing him really struck a chord with me, and I still think about it till this day. He said, “There’re personal goals for me in everything I’m trying to make here. And, those goals, I’m realizing them.” I feel that the secret behind the quality of MonoArt coffee roaster’s coffee might just lie in those words. It may be a given, but in addition to coffee, there are other great things on offer here too. In particular, the Affogato had a quality that could be rarely matched by other coffee shops. Also, the Espresso Martini kept it traditional with a garnish of coffee beans on top of the crema. The glass, in addition to this, really showed off Mr. Kawaguchi’s personality. I highly recommend anyone wanting to try a rich coffee overflowing with the passion of someone like Mr. Kawaguchi to make their way to MonoArt coffee roasters!
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MonoArt coffee roasters
Category Cafes
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Address Eng: 90-8 Shincho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8001, Japan Jpn: 京都府京都市下京区真町90-8
Directions 1 Minute-walk from the Hankyu Kyoto Main Line’s Kawaramachi Sta.
Open Hours 9:00~19:00
Reservations Unavailable
Closed Tuesday
Price range
Credit cards Credit Card Payments Unavailable *Payments via PayPay available
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The menu includes English, and the staff can speak basic English.
Menu English
Lanuages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 11
Private dining rooms Unavailable
Non smoking / smoking Non-smoking
URL1 https://monoart.shop/
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