26 Aug '16, 12pm

If in Tokyo... via @sprudge

If in Tokyo... via @sprudge

Nem Coffee & Espresso was right there on my map, but quietly hidden. I got out at Hiroo station, walked by a few local shops, and past the supermarket and florist. A light pitter-patter of rain fell on a few old buildings, and a simple black signboard leaned against one of them. “Nem” it said. It pointed down a narrow pathway between two buildings, and that’s where I found the cafe—squeezed in amongst a cluster of old houses, behind a local kindergarten. I opened the clear glass door and peeked inside. There was a long wooden counter, a chocolate brown La Marzocco , and wooden tables and chairs set amongst a collection of plants and flowers. It felt tropical, somehow. Warm and inviting. A little bit secret. Nem is home to Takumi and Akiyo Watanabe, and it’s the culmination of their mutual dream—a project some eight years in the making. Between ducking back and forth to ser...

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