Greetings coffee lovers! It’s Summer, and we’ve got our first shipment of Brazilian Fruit Basket, last summer’s popular single-origin coffee, revered for its superior flavor for iced coffee and cold-brew coffee. The new harvest is in, and finally available. We roasted our first test batches this week! We’ll start serving it at Michael’s Cafe American beginning July 12th. The top stars of this season’s harvest are all from Latin America.
This summer we’re featuring two of my favorite single origin coffees, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, and Guatemala Antigua. We just received a small amount of Ethiopian Guji G1 that I look forward to sampling. More on this batch when we’ve evaluated it. This summer we’re featuring Latin American coffees, for example, Brazilian Chololat is the most popular item from our coffee importer.
The story of coffee in Japan begins in the 1800s when it arrived on Dutch trading ships, and was prepared and served in the original Japanese coffee shops, 喫茶店. The kissaten, “tea tasting shop”, or “coffee lounge”, has a rich history in Japan. Coffee consumption grew in Japan after the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853 — Matthew Perry’s black ships inspired our name, Black Ship Coffee — opening Japan to increased trade with the rest of the world.
New Hours! 11 am – 4 pm Thursday through Monday (Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, except holidays)
Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of Coronavirus, in the interest of health and safety we will be closed until after the Golden Week.
Fall/Winter Hours11 am – 4 pm Spring/Summer Hours11 am – 5 pm Wed through Sun(Closed Tues & Wed except holidays)
Fall/Winter Hours 11am – 4pm Thursday through Monday Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, except holidays
I like this lovely corner, with the music blended with relaxing atmosphere! It is a perfect place for travelers to stop by to grab a coffee! On Tuesday and Thursday night, there are English sessions, where you heard the legend of Tono told by local.
It's a cosy and friendly cafe to stop by.
Hey!! I was in Tōno with my father learning about Doburoku and we have so lucky to find this place and enjoy with the best coffee I try in Japan. Michael and his wife treat us so well. We came from Spain! Ion Astiazaran
Ion Astiazaran from Spain
"If you're in Tono and feel like a relaxing coffee and a chat in English (not always the easiest thing to find in Tono) then swing by the cafe right by the train station and say hi to Michael."
We were delighted to discover Michael’s, just a stone’s throw from the Tono Station. The coffee was spectacular (we discovered Michael roasts his own beans), and there are all manner of delicious items on offer to go with. Michael and his wife, the proprietors, are great people and so much fun to talk to. The town of Tono itself is beautiful and charming - off the standard tourist track and definitely worth a visit.