The Irukaya coffee shop has a rigid code of conduct and you only get one shot.
I blew mine just by dialing the number.
Owner Hiroshi Kiyota keeps a blog on which he describes the kinds of people that will never set foot inside his reservation-only shop.
I’d read the website and studied the rules: no photos, even of the facade; no groups larger than two; order at least one drink per hour; no talking to Kiyota while he’s making coffee; no smoking; no mobile phones.
I could go on. The website does.
But I’d forgotten one: Don’t call outside business hours. It was 1:40 p.m. Irukaya wouldn’t open for another 20 minutes.
(Photo: Julen Esteban-Pretel)