Enjoy both the origins and story of your coffee at Tabinone
Coffee Roastery Tabinone is a roastery/café where you can enjoy coffee from a different perspective.
Tabinone puts great importance on having their customers know the story of the coffee they drink. Through both the things they sell and their coffee school, Tabinone endeavors to convey not only the proper method of tasting the coffee but the stories behind the origins and farmers too. The reason for Tabinone’s beliefs around this topic comes from a trip owner Kitabe took to a coffee plantation. This trip gave him the urge to share with the world high-quality specialty coffee that cherishes and appreciates the hard work of the farmers.
Another thing we should mention is that not only did Kitabe visit these farms himself, he also actively took the opportunity to seek out small scale farmers and purchase beans directly from them. In this equal partnership between Kitabe and the passionate farmers, they work together through discussions to create the desired coffee beans, which allows Kitabe the ability to both source good, high-quality beans, as well as sustainably support the lively hood of the farmers.
Furthermore, Tabinone is particular about how they serve their coffee as well. In their menu, Tabinone has set aside pages to introduce customers to the coffee farmers.
This is so that those who come to Tabinone can read and understand that “this is the kind of people farming the beans, and this is the kind of environment they are in.” By learning the origins of the beans, the drinker can then get an even deeper appreciation for the flavors of the coffee.
Tabinone finds its home in a multi-tenant building renovated from an old art school, where paint splatters on the floor call back to the building’s past.
“We want everyone to enjoy this odd little space as if they’ve come here on holiday; as if it’s something out of the ordinary for them” – Owner Kitabe.
It’s from this idea where the café gets its name “Tabinone” (the sound of traveling).
White Miso, Duck and Orange Sandwich
/ ￥900 (Inc. Tax) | Set: ￥1,100 (Inc. Tax)
This brunch set contains a sandwich with the classic Kyoto offerings of roasted duck marinated in white miso sauce, together with fresh orange slices and veggies.
The smoky flavors of the slightly sweet white miso-marinated duck go superbly well with the sour flavors of the carottes rapees grated carrot salad and orange slices and culminate in a mix of complex and deep flavors. As a side note, the ingredients, such as the carottes rapees are all carefully handmade daily. The rice flour-based bread is both fantastically fluffy and chewy and has an outstanding flavor that doesn’t get buried under the mountain of ingredients.
The set comes with your choice of coffee, mango juice or apple juice. For extra, you can also choose homemade lemonade and coffee sangria.
As there are only a limited number of these brunch sets, they are usually sold out by 3 PM!
So if you’re heading to Tabinone with this in mind, then we highly suggest getting there early!
Coffee Jelly Parfait
/ ￥900 (Inc. Tax) *No marshmallow is −￥50
This cute coffee jelly parfait contains ripe raspberries, milk jelly, homemade coffee jelly, and granola. As a lid, this beautiful parfait features a cookie with a freshly toasted marshmallow on top.
With refreshing, light flavors thanks to the sweet and sour raspberries, this parfait is excellent even for those who usually aren’t big fans of this sugar dessert.
Additionally, the coffee jelly that’s used is in no way your regular old gelatinous cup of joe. Made with condensed pour-over Ethiopian coffee, this unique coffee jelly is both packed with flavor and smells downright fantastic.
The recommended way to enjoy this parfait is to first mix and eat a bit of the coffee jelly with the raspberries, then break the cookie and mix it in too.
The cookie adds an entirely new level of crunchiness to the granola and jelly mix, so definitely try it out for yourself.
Tabinone’s Pudding (crème caramel)
/ ￥480 (Inc. Tax)
Tabinone’s crème caramel uses bitter caramel and has a firm texture.
Owner Kitabe worked with a patisserie to try and create a smooth, yet firm crème caramel. After much trial and error, the result was this signature dish.
Taking a spoon full of the crème caramel, you’ll notice that it has the perfect level of firmness. However, eat it, and you’ll see that it has a silky smooth texture that will have you in rapture.
On top of the crème caramel, you’ll find a scoop of whipped cream sprinkled with dried berries and pistachios.
The sourness of the berries and flavors of the pistachios add a beautiful accent to the mildly sweet cream.
Coffee Roastery Tabinone sells a range of six different single-origin in-house roasted coffee beans of varying roasts. Among the beans on offer is a particularly special one, which owner Kitabe purchased directly off the farmers after personally making the trip to the plantation.
The beans are sold in three different amounts, 100 gram, 150 gram, and 200 gram. For those wanting only a little to try for the first time, we recommend the 100 gram bags. However, if you already have a favorite, then the 200-gram bags are sold at a great price and are definitely worth picking up.