% ARABICA Kyoto

district Despite the cloudy weather, it was still nice to walk around with a good coffe in my hand :)

See the World Through Coffee.

It’s been a while since I started following %ΔRΔBICΔ Coffee. When I first came across their website, I was inspired by their design sense and philosophy.

Our mission is to grow % Arabica across unique lands and cultures of the world, so that young baristas can “See the World Through Coffee.”

We only live once, so let’s explore the world we live in, set goals, and enjoy our time together over an amazing cup of coffee.

So when I visited Kyoto to explore the world we live in, I set the goal to visit their coffee shop to enjoy the time with my friend over an amazing cup of coffee :)


% ARABICA Kyoto Higashiyama

Turns out, % ARABICA Coffee was started out in Kyoto, and the Higashiyama location was the first to open as the flagship store.

We visited the place around 10am on a Sunday morning. The Higashiyama district wasn’t crowded, so there were only a couple of people standing in line. It didn’t take more than 10 minutes from the end of line to getting my cup of coffee.

We ordered lattes to see what a world champion of latte art-trained latte would look like.

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On the left is Aashish, also taking a photo of the place ;)

The space wasn’t big, rather, long and narrow. There were several seats available, but it definitely wasn’t a place to sit for a long time to chat or do work over a coffee. On the other hand, the interior design was very well thought out.

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The signature latte with the signature % sign outside the store.


% ARABICA Kyoto Arashiyama

There are three % ARABICA locations in Kyoto! We got to visit another location in Arashiyama district on the outskirts of Kyoto. I read it somewhere that % ARABICA Kyoto Arashiyama is one of the most beautiful coffee shops in the world, but can’t find it…

Anyways, by the time we got to Arashiyama around 11am, there were way too many people standing in line for the coffee. I waited the line starting from the outside the store for about 10 minutes. It wasn’t too bad. But then the coffee took another 15. The store was crowded with people waiting for their coffee.

After some time, there was I with my iced latte by the Katsua River.

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I really enjoyed the good weather this time :)

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I love the simple design and the strong brand identity. A friend of mine know them as “percento coffee”.


About the coffee now…

Was it the best coffee i’ve ever had?

Was it worth the 3 minute wait in line?

Was it worth the 25 minutes wait in the crowded space?

Would I return?


Overall, it was a very aesthetically pleasing experience.

Check out their website as each store page comes with unique background stories and history around the neighborhood.



% ARABICA Kyoto Higashiyama

87-5 Hoshino-cho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto, 605-0853 Japan

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% ARABICA Kyoto Arashiyama

3-47, Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto 616-8385 Japan

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