On Sun Feb 12 from 11am-2pm, we are featuring a special Valentine's Day 恋の喫茶 (Koi no Kissa or Kissaten for Lovers). Wear your V-day finest, bring your sweetie (or come by your lonesome), and enjoy coffee by Heart Coffee and treats by Sesame Bakery!
Service is first come, first served with an a la carte menu. Sesame Bakery treats available until sold out. We appreciate your patience as Ian will be making each cup of drip coffee with love, one by one. A variety of beans will be available in a variety of brew methods, depending how special you want to get! Space is limited in our bar space, so if we fill up, please be mindful of your time so that everyone can get a chance to pony up for coffee.
What is Kissaten?
A kissaten is a type of Japanese coffeehouse which was at the height of its popularity in the Showa era (mid-20th century to 1989) but still exist all across cities in Japan; these cafes can be cavernous or quaint, often decked out in European stylings, and almost always offer hand-dripped coffee drinks in addition to Japanese cafe desserts and yoshoku (western cuisine)-inspired dishes, like Pasta Napoletan.
The emphasis is less on a quick cup of coffee, but more on a relaxed environment in which one can enjoy themselves and their offerings at their own pace. A kissaten is a perfect place to catch up with someone you haven't seen in a while, read a book, or just enjoy the ambience along with your meticulously prepared coffee and food.
With a modest record selection and an undoubtedly bright and cheery bar space we hope to provide you a memorable Kissaten experience.
We can't wait to see you in our own corner of Japan, in Oakland!