03 Mar Lilo Coffee Roasters

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Lilo Coffee Roasters in Osaka’s Amerikamura has such great coffee you’ll forget that they are attached to a hair salon. Granted the salon is upstairs, but they are in it together. Like most other parts of Osaka, Amerikamura has a lot of coffee, but I’d have to say Lilo is my favorite. The shop itself is a small, narrow space with a table big enough for a couple drinks and a thin counter running along its right hand side. The barista was securely trapped behind the counter, but managed to create a friendly atmosphere, chatting up the regulars while he made their drinks.

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What I loved most about about Lilo was their options for coffee. First choose a brewing method and then your choice of house blend or different levels of single origin ranging from 350 to 550 yen. At the counter there was even a guide with instructions on how to brew their coffee with each method. I settled on a dominican ristretto espresso that was incredibly smooth and came at a very drinkable temperature. It was a lighter roast with surprisingly bright fruity flavors of red grape, peach and cranberry. One of the better single origin espressos I’ve had and not the dark and deep espresso I have come to know in Japan. The gibralter, made with the blend, was strong like I’d expect, but still quite smooth and without much bitterness despite its strength. If you’re in the area, do yourself a favor and stop by.

Atmosphere:  – Small, friendly
Beans: – Roasted in-house
Price: – $ to $$

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  • Daniel Tingcungco
    Posted at 18:24h, 01 April

    One of the best coffee shops I’ve been to in Japan, I just had to go back several times because their coffee’s so good! Great website by the way, I enjoy reading a lot of your coffee shop reviews, I’m taking notes of cafes to go to. :)

    • jay.steingold@gmail.com
      Posted at 16:40h, 16 May

      Thank you so much Daniel!

      It’s always nice to hear from another cafe-lover. If you find any more great cafes in Japan, please send them my way. I’m always looking for more.