Tettoh Coffee is a coffee shop in Enobi,
Uruma City opened on March 2015. It sells coffee beans from six countries,
including Ethiopia, Guatemala and Brazil.
It is run by the Ishikawa couple, husband Satoshi and wife Akino.
When Satoshi was 25, he met a cup of coffee in Okinawa that he could not forget.
The fragrance spread from his tongue, right to his throat and his nose. The nutty taste of the beans,
so much more than the usual sour and bitter, lasted in his month for over half a day.
So shocked by the sheer quality, he was determined to make better coffee than that by becoming a Barista.
When he was working in an Italian cafe as a Barista, he met his eventual wife,
Akino. That is the beginning of Tettoh Coffee.
“We thought about opening a cafe in Naha,
but it simply isn’t sustainable when you have to travel that far while making good coffee.
” thinks Satoshi. Although he never give in on coffee quality,
Satoshi is actually looking to create a place which isn’t too deluxe,
where anyone can drop by without feeling comfortable.
” One day, when he was looking up to a tower in Uruma City,
it suddenly inspired him as the logo of Tettoh Coffee.
The three coffee beans above the logo, by the way, is Akino’s idea.
Looking around the cafe, one would probably leave his eyes on a large coffee roasting machine.
It is a somewhat unconventional cold-brew coffee machine. Combined by bottles given from customers,
it has a kettle at the bottom which makes it easy to fill water. With a tap on the side,
the volume of dropping water can also be adjusted, making this the complete D.I.Y. machine.
It took the Ishikawa couple two months of trial-and-error in the specfics,
like the distance between coffee powder and the water dripping point, the speed of the drip,
different types of water and filter etc, to finish this original cold-brew coffee machine.
The drip coffee, which takes about 5 hours before being poured out,
is put in a fridge in vacuum style for one whole day, in order to maintain the smooth taste.
During the expertiment stage, coffee was drunk and dripped at the same time. However,
it still isn’t good enough compared with the Okianwa sunlight and the impact of the scenery.
After finishing the drink for 30 minutes to an hour,
you can feel Okinawa melted right into your throat.
The coffee is with a strong flavour.
In order to let customers get coffee beans more conveniently,
Tettoh Coffee provides delivery too.
“The scenary here is so beautiful that I actually enjoy it a lot riding around the city.
” said Satoshi, who probably rode more than 80km in total for delivery.
“If the order is more than 200g,
I would deliver it to anywhere.” smiles the man.
Tettoh Coffee is scheduled to move this year to a slightly bigger shop,
with new brewing methods providing different flavours, fresh possibility and diversity.
The Ishikawa Family hopes to make a coffee shop which delight both customers and coffee beans suppliers. Moreover,
they want to understand the poverty and environmental pollution faced by the coffee bean producers.
“We would like to make direct business with the place of origin of the coffee beans.
We want to make it happen!” says Satoshi, who kept this dream from everyone else.
He cycles around Uruma City again today, going for this dream of his.