Following the Aussie coffee culture, Iki espresso serves generous cups of excellent coffee in the centre of Chigasaki. This coffee stand is a successor of Allpress that is originally based in New Zealand, where coffee culture is said to be one of the best in the world. Allpress roasters opened their mega successful stores in cities such as London and Melbourne and very recently they expanded with a branch in Tokyo.
Iki espresso embodies the idea of coffee stand with a look of abandoned coffee warehouse. Minimalistic concrete interior, a great collection of Kinfolk magazines and Off Season newspapers make you feel like out of Japan. No need to say about coffee as Allpress roaster is already acknowledged and loved by millions of people around the world. With the help of La Marzocco, Allpress roasted beans and creamy milk, Iki Espresso latte will never be enough.
The coffee shop has been opened for more than two years and recently they have got something exciting behind the counter. Rapidly gaining popularity among Tokyo trendy coffee shops, coffee tonic is said to be an absolute summer’s hit. Iki Espresso serves its take on Coffee Tonic for the first time and we were one of the first to try it. Refreshing soda layered with strong espresso and loads of crema on top is excellent drink for those tired of regular shots of espresso or filtered coffee, even if you might find it very unusual for your taste buds.
Fashionable and enthusiastic co-owners/baristas know their beans and the art of espresso. Shuto-san revealed that they are thinking of expansion in other Shonan areas like Enoshima, which currently does not offer any quality coffee at the moment. Iki Espresso baristas could be a great solution for spreading specialty coffee around Southern Beach with their great skills and never-ending passion for coffee.
UPDATE: This lovely coffee shop is leaving its premises in Chigasaki and moving to Kiyosumi Shirakawa.