Coffee as an art-form.
In the morning visitors queue up to start their day with this sensual experience. Welcome to the café “Downstairs” on the ground floor of Mercedes-Benz Connection – right in the heart of the Japanese capital Tokyo. Until late into the evening, a colourful mix of Japanese, Western and Asian visitors enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the entrance area of the experience store. Managers and design students, young women and tourists sip coffee, tea and hot chocolate. They are treated to crusty baguette sandwiches with shrimps and avocado, while surfing the high-speed internet free of charge on their smartphone or tablet – the urban lifestyle, Japanese-style.
First there is the alluring aroma of freshly-ground coffee. Then the barista behind the counter intrigues the eye as he pours milk into the “coffee crema” while drawing a filigree fern-leaf in the surface foam.