“Meet me at Tagstå” is a common refrain in Fukuoka. This landmark of a coffee stand is located next to Hakata’s kitchen, Yanagibashi Market. The name Tagstå, derived from the Danish for mark and station, was conceived by the owner, Yasuhiro Hashiguchi, who wanted to create a place for people to congregate. The quiet 66m2 shop employs a minimalist design: no couches or chairs, just a counter. Hashiguchi says he enjoys “the beauty of a space that does not intrude on customers’ conversations”. He also has a keen eye for art and invites creators to exhibit their works in the gallery next door on an irregular basis. Tagstå uses a La Marzocco coffee machine and Everpure High Flow water filtration system to offer a variety of drinks brewed from its original espresso and drip coffee bean blends. Stop by for a handmade drip coffee before work or take a midday break with an orange and vanilla-infused espresso. Remember to try Tagstå the next time you need a change of pace.
Espresso Stand TAGSTÅ
Address: 1-7-11 1F Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku
Espresso Romano ¥350, Caffe Latte ¥430(Small),¥450(Regular),¥550(Large), White Velvet ¥480, Diabolo (Italian soda) ¥420
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn170, Feb. 2013)