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Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo

The weather was rainy and cold at the beginning of the month. It looks like it will rain later this week.

One weekend, I went to Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo along the Meguro River in Nakameguro, which opened on 28 February, 2019. This area is known for its stunning cherry blossom viewing in spring.

The Reserve Roastery Tokyo is the fifth Starbucks of its type in the world and first in Japan.

I was really excited about having a chance to see the exterior, interior and all the facilities of this building, because it was designed by Kengo Kuma, one of the most famous architects in Japan and it was built in the stylish Nakameguro area.

As expected, it was extremely crowded on Saturday. I was asked to get a number ticket --- 5316 ---- and I read a QR code on the ticket. It said that you're the 800th customer in line!! It was already around 3 o'clock and I was not sure how many more hours I would have wait to get into the Roastery, so I gave up and went home.

Before leaving, I tried to look inside the Roastery, but there were so many people that I couldn't see much. From what I could see however, it looks so stylish.

According to the information I've got, the building has three stories in total. Italy's famous Princi's Bakery on the 1st floor, Starbuck's largest in the world tea bar Teavana on the 2nd floor, and the Arriviamo Bar on the 3rd floor.

At the Arriviamo Bar you can taste creative coffee-inspired cocktails and mocktails such as Nakameguro Espresso Martini, an fusion of vodka, cacao, chestnut liquer and espresso topped with chocolate shavings, and Spring Shower, a cocktail with a sakura flower.

There must be a massive roaster on the 1st floor, which I wanted to see so much! The coffee beans travel around the store via the adjacent Chain-Vey and then across the roastery.

3 or 4 hours later, I received a message in my phone that I could now enter the shop. It was around 6 or 7 p.m. I should try again!