Omotesando Koffee, the tiny Tokyo cafe tucked in a traditional Japanese house that found an international cult following, will open a branch in Bangkok this July.
According to the Omotesando Koffee Thailand Facebook page, the Bangkok incarnation will sit among the furniture outlets of Siam Paragon's third floor.
Starting life in 2011 in a residential backstreet of Tokyo's upscale Omotesando shopping district, Omotesando Koffee's business model set it apart from the dime-a-dozen coffee chains: from a 3x3-meter cubic coffee bar a single barista would serve a single customer in a painstaking style indebted to the Japanese tea ceremony.
Four years later when the cafe was forced to close, owing to the aging state of the shop, Omotesando Koffee had already forged a niche for itself. Openings followed in Hong Kong and Singapore, while owner Eiichi Kunitomo also runs the artisanal coffee-bean specialist Koffee Mameya in Tokyo.
As well as Bangkok, Omotesando Koffee is also gearing up to open in London. The below image suggests the Bangkok branch will share the same love for functional minimalism and blond wood as its predecessors.