Ogawa Coffee is well loved in Boston, but it’s actually a Japanese chain bringing us complementary Asian small bites with our brew. Founded in Kyoto, Ogawa Coffee strives for coffee perfection, where they began roasting coffee in 1952. Their Boston outpost is the first in America, and its own doors opened in 2015.
A variety of sodas, espresso and coffee drinks round out a menu that’s highlighted by what Ogawa claims to be their signature drink: chilled and sweetened espresso served in a martini glass, served with a small cappuccino.
They also highlight a pour-over Kalita, the Deconstructed Cortado (cortado and its individual parts: a single shot of house blend espresso and foamed milk), and a few others that really must be tried. It’s an elegant take on the coffee shop format, and worth the visit.
The space is suitable for working and there are also bleachers-style seating to accommodate those who just want to eat a quick bite.