This one I should say is a smart layout coffee shop. In front of big cafe’s windows small trees are being grown mainly for two reasons: first, as exterior detail and second, as a hideaway for customers. While you are having your coffee, reading a book or just relaxing, you are invisible to others outside as they cannot see you. Despite that, you can see every person walking by. So, basically you can observe people closely without being called weirdo.
The name Suzu No Ki ( すずの木 ) word for word meaning is ‘a bell of tree’. In my view, Suzunoki cafe has a certain audience that it attracts and it is, as they call tree huggers or nature lovers. Woody interior with a lot of green plants around is extremely relaxing. Nonetheless, I came there not to relax, but to check what kind of coffee they have got behind the counter.
All the time they have a ‘special limited time offer'(basically, seasonal coffee) that is presented on a separate piece of paper. And the time I went there, my luck was to try Indonesian delight from Sumatra.
Recommended seasonal coffee by Suzunoki Cafe for spring and beginning of summer is Lintong Mandheling (リントンマンデリン). Grown on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Mandheling is known for its smooth, rich, complex taste. About Sumatra Lintong coffee experts say that it is round, full mouthfeel, quiet acidity, long, resonant finish. However, the blend of Mandheling and Lintong is said to have a really nice flavor. According to Suzunoki, it does not have a deep bitterness like others do. It is a true bomb of tropical fruits, floral and sweet notes. After trying I can say it is a nice cup of coffee and very reasonable price for this Indonesian delight (550yen).
What is so original about this Sumatra coffee? Thats what espresso guide says:
Though Mandheling is dry processed, the method includes washing the dried husk of the coffee cherry (fruit) in hot water which provides a more uniform appearance of the coffee beans than the typical dry processed coffee, and likely contributes to the coffee’s fine flavor.
“Espresso Coffee Guide”, http://www.espressocoffeeguide.com
Have a look at other drinks and prices (if you can read in Japanese)
From time to time, a few art or craft exhibitions are going on in a cafe. All customers are invited to leave a feedback or thoughts in the book which is visible as soon as you enter the cafe. All of it gives an impression that Suzunoki goes with a mission to support creative minds and keep our planet (or at least Chigasaki) as green as possible.