Cafes

Beck’s Coffee Shop
Cafe de Crie
Coffeekan/Kohikan
Doutor
Excelsior Caffe
Hoshino Coffee
Komeda Coffee
Pronto
Starbucks
St. Marc Cafe
Tully’s Coffee
Ueshima Coffee
Caffe Veloce

Below is information about the availability of possibly vegan food/drinks at some the more common chain cafes in Japan. This information is based on a review of the allergen information provided on the cafe’s website. In Japan, restaurants and cafes are required to give information about the presence of the following allergens in their food products:

• eggs, milk, wheat, buckwheat, peanut, shrimp and crab.

It is recommended that they also give information about the following allergens:

• soy, beef, chicken, pork, abalone, squid, salmon roe, salmon, mackerel, orange, kiwifruit, peach, apple, pineapple, yam/sweet potato, walnuts, gelatine and banana.

This information can be useful for vegans. Of course it is not definitive, as other animal products may still be in the food – e.g. fish dashi. Fish dashi, skipjack tuna dashi in particular, is very commonly used in Japan in sauces, soups, and savory dishes. Other types of fish such as tuna or anchovies, seafood such as scallops, and also duck or honey can also be present in the food and not mentioned on allergen charts. Honey is commonly used at some cafes in Japan. So, allergen charts are merely a good starting point, allowing you to narrow your search and ask a few good questions.

Some foods contain flavouring and emulsifiers which may be animal-derived or sugar that may be bone-char processed. We have marked below wherever we have information on how these ingredients were made.

Note cafes often change their menus, so it is a good idea to check their websites before you visit. Of course it is always a good idea to check with staff that the item you want to order is vegan (if possible).

Wherever possible, we have noted below where foods were cooked together with animal products or may have cross-contamination from being processed together with food containing animal products, but food may also have cross-contamination from wheat, soy, or other ingredients. Please check allergen charts before eating if you have food allergies or intolerances.

Beck’s Coffee Shop

Beck’s Coffee Shop is run by the Japan Railway (JR) East Food Business, so it has more than 260 stores in and around JR East stations.

You can get 50 yen off by bringing your own drink container (not applicable for set drinks).

The items that appear possibly vegan from a review of the allergen chart in the “Calorie/Allergy Information” section of the Beck’s website (published 3/9/2020) are:

• Blend Coffee/ブレンドコーヒー
• Deep Roasted Coffee/深煎りコーヒー
• American Coffee/アメリカンコーヒー
• Espresso/エスプレッソ
• Soy Latte/豆乳ラテ
• Black Tea/紅茶
• Lemon Tea/レモンティー
• Jasmine Tea/ジャスミンティー
• Iced Cold Brew Coffee/水出しアイスコーヒー
• Iced Soy Latte/アイス豆乳ラテ
• Orange Juice/オレンジジュース
• Iced Tea/アイスティー
• Iced Lemon Tea/アイスレモンティー
• Iced Jasmine Tea/アイスジャスミンティー

Add-ins:
• Gum Syrup/ガムシロップ
• Stick Sugar/スティックシュガー

Food:

The Spinach and Lentil Vegetable Curry/ほうれん草とレンズ豆のベジタブルカレー is specifically sold as having no animal ingredients.

• Spinach and Lentil Vegetable Curry/ほうれん草とレンズ豆のベジタブルカレー
• Thirteen-Vegetable Salad/13種野菜のサラダ

Photos of the Spinach and Lentil Vegetable Curry courtesy of Elif Sercen Nurcan. The poster states “animal ingredients not used/doubutsusei shokuzai fushiyou/動物性食材不使用.” 

beck's spinach curry    beck's spinach curry 2

Cafe de Crie

Cafe de Crie has more than 200 shops in Japan.

The hot drink menu and cold drink menu are available on their website (Japanese).

You can order the drinks marked with a soybean on the website with soymilk for an extra ¥40. However, even when ordered with soymilk, some drinks still have dairy in them, so please check the list below.

You can get 30 yen off takeout orders if you bring your own tumbler. Information here (Japanese).

Cafe de Crie has different allergen charts for different regions. Here, we’ve reviewed only the allergen chart for the Kanto/Tohoku region.

There is a disclaimer on the Cafe de Crie website stating (from autotranslate): “Allergic substances displayed on this page are the result of scrutinizing all raw materials. All are displayed regardless of the amount of allergic substances. Some are manufactured and cooked using the same equipment as raw materials containing other allergic substances. Sensitivity to allergic substances varies greatly from person to person. We recommend that you consult a specialist to make final decisions based on this data. Ingredients that are not originally used for the product may adhere or mix during factory production or store cooking, and this is not absolute, as some ingredients may differ depending on the store. Please consult with your doctor before making a final decision.”

The items that appear possibly vegan from a review of the allergen chart for the Kanto/Tohoku region (published 3/18/2020):

Hot drinks:
• Blend Coffee/ブレンド
• American Coffee/アメリカン
• Espresso/エスプレッソ
• Darjeeling Tea/ティー(ダージリン)
• Earl Grey Tea/ティー(アールグレイ)
• Assam Tea/ティー(アッサム)
• Caffeineless Coffee/カフェインレスコーヒー
• Soymilk/ソイミルク

Cold drinks:
• Iced Coffee/アイスカフェ
• Iced Tea/アイスティー
• 100% Orange Juice/100%オレンジ
• 100% Apple Juice/100%アップル
• Iced Caffeineless Coffee/アイスカフェインレスコーヒー
• Iced Soymilk/アイスソイミルク
• Rooibos Tea/ルイボスティー (Only available in Cafe de Crie branches located inside hospitals)
• Iced Rooibos Tea/アイス ルイボスティー(Only available in Cafe de Crie branches located inside hospitals)
• Jasmine Tea/ジャスミンティー(Only available in Cafe de Crie branches located inside hospitals)
• Iced Jasmine Tea/アイス ジャスミンティー(Only available in Cafe de Crie branches located inside hospitals)

Other:
• Espresso Topping/トッピング エスプレッソ
• Sugar/シュガー
• Lemon/ポーションレモン
• Gum Syrup/ガッムシロップ
• Zero Calorie Syrup/ゼロカロリーシロップ

The following drinks are listed as not having dairy allergens in them when ordered with soymilk. When ordered with soymilk, they appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• Soymilk Cafe Au Lait/カフェオレ(豆乳変更)
• Soymilk Cafe Latte/カフェラテ(豆乳変更)
• Soymilk Cappucino/カプチーノ(豆乳変更)
• Kaga Bou Hojicha Cappucino(Kaga Roasted Tea Stem Cappucino)/加賀棒ほうじ茶カプチーノ (豆乳変更)
• Iced Soymilk Cafe Au Lait/アイスカフェオレ(豆乳変更)
• Iced Soymilk Cafe Latte/アイスカフェラテ(豆乳変更)
• Fresh Banana Au Lait/フレッシュバナナオレ(豆乳変更)
• Orzo Latte/オルゾラテ(豆乳変更)(A  non-caffeinated drink based on barley and cassonade brown sugar. Only available in Cafe de Crie branches located inside hospitals)
• Iced Orzo Latte/アイス オルゾラテ(豆乳変更)(A  non-caffeinated drink based on barley and cassonade brown sugar. Only available in Cafe de Crie branches located inside hospitals)

The following items have dairy even when made with soymilk, so are not vegan:

• Bitter Crunch Caramel Latte/ビタークランチキャラメルラテ(豆乳変更)
• Fragrant Sakura Latte/薫るさくらラテ(豆乳変更)
• Sorubege® Fragrant Sakura & Peach/ソルベージュ薫るさくら&桃(豆乳変更)

The Honey Peach Tea/はちみつピーチティー and Honey Apple Tea/はちみつアップルティー both presumably have real honey, so are not vegan.

The Whipped Cream/トッピングホイップ, Vanilla Ice Cream/バニラアイス, and Milk/ミルク add-ons all contain dairy, so are not vegan.

There is no vegan food at Cafe de Crie.

Coffeekan/Kohikan

As of February 1, 2020, there are 240 Coffeekan shops in Japan.

They appear not to have a separate allergen chart, but the website lists the main 7 allergens next to the name of each menu item.

From a review of the website on February 27, 2020, the following items are not listed as containing any dairy milk, so may be vegan. No non-dairy milks are available.

・ Charcoal Roasted Coffee/炭火珈琲
・ Fully Ripe Coffee/完熟珈琲
・ Shade Dried Coffee/蔭干し珈琲
・ Coffeekan Blend/珈琲館ブレンド
・ American Coffee/アメリカン
・ Charcoal Roasted Iced Coffee炭火アイスコーヒー
・ Kilimanjaro AA/キリマンジァロAA
・ Ethiopian Mocha G-2/エチオピアモカG-2
・ Mandelin G-1/マンデリンG-1
・ Caffeineless Coffee/カフェインレスコーヒー
・ Caffeineless Iced Coffee/カフェインレスアイスコーヒー
・Coffeekan Melon Soda/喫茶店のメロンソーダ
・Orange juice/オレンジジュース
・Darjeeling Tea (when ordered with lemon instead of milk)/ダージリン(レモン)
・Earl Grey Tea (when ordered without milk)/アールグレイ
・Rosehip Tea/ローズヒップ
・Iced Tea (when ordered with lemon instead of milk)/アイスティ(レモン)

In addition, they sell loose coffee beans and drip coffee packs.

The Honey Lemonade/蜂蜜仕立てのレモネード and Honey Lemonade Squash/蜂蜜仕立てのレモンスカッシュ presumably are made with real honey, so are not vegan.

None of the foods or desserts at Coffeekan are vegan.

Doutor

Doutor is a large chain with more than 1100 shops in Japan.

The hot drink menu and iced drink menu are available on the Doutor website (bilingual).

The drinks that appear possibly vegan from a review of the allergen chart (published 3/19/2020 for drinks and 2/20/2020 & 3/19/2020 for food) are:

• Iced Coffee/アイスコーヒー
• American Coffee/アメリカンコーヒー
• Espresso Coffee/エスプレッソコーヒー
• Soy Latte (Hot or Iced, Decaf or Regular)/豆乳ラテ
• Decaf Coffee (Hot or Iced)/カフェインレス コーヒー
Tea (Hot or Iced)/ティー
• Blend Coffee/ブレンドコーヒー
• Soymilk Tea (Hot or Iced)/豆乳ティー
• Soymilk (Hot or Iced)/豆乳
• Ume Plum Green Tea/梅グリーンティー
• Apple & Shikwasa Straight Juice/アップル&シークヮーサー ストレートジュース
• 100% Orange Juice/オレンジジュース~100%ストレート果汁~

Some of the fruit tea and juices may be seasonally available. None of the food at Doutor is vegan per the allergen chart. The “Coffee Fresh” creamer contains milk.

A Soy Latte is pictured below.

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Excelsior Caffe

Excelsior Caffe is owned by Doutor Coffee. It’s supposed to be an Italian-style coffee chain. There are more than 100 shops in Japan.

You can get a ¥20 discount for bringing your own tumbler or mug.

The drinks that appear possibly vegan from a review of the standard allergen chart (published 1/16/2020) are:

• Coffee/コーヒー
• Iced Coffee/アイスコーヒー
• Espresso/エスプレッソ
• Americano/アメリカーノ
• Iced Americano/アイスアメリカーノ
• American/アメリカン
• Darjeeling Tea/ダージリンティー
• Assam Tea/アッサムティー
• Earl Grey Tea/アールグレイティー
• Iced Tea/アイスティー
• 100% Blood Orange Juice/100%ブラッドオレンジジュース
• 100% Grapefruit Juice/100%グレープフルーツジュース
• Perrier Espresso/ペリエスプレッソ
• Perrier/ペリエ
• Soymilk/豆乳
• Iced Soymilk/アイス豆乳
• Heineken/ハイネケン (alcohol)
• Guinness Extra Stout/ギネス エクストラスタウト (alcohol)
• Tatiana Cabernet Shiraz/タティアラ カベルネ&シラーズ (alcohol)
• Tatiana Chardonnay/ タティアラ シャルドネ (alcohol)

The following add-ins all appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• Espresso Shot (1 shot)/エスプレッソ ショット(1ショット)
• Stick Sugar/スティックシュガー
• Gum Syrup/ガムシロップ
• Zero Calorie Syrup/ポーションゼロカロリーシロップ
• Lemon/ポーションレモン

The following drinks do not have dairy allergens in them when ordered with soymilk. When ordered with soymilk, they appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• Cafe Latte/カフェラテ
• Iced Cafe Latte/アイスカフェラテ
• Cappucino/カプチーノ
• Maple Latte/メープルラテ
• Uji Matcha Latte/宇治抹茶ラテ
• Iced Uji Matcha Latte/アイス宇治抹茶ラテ

The Royal Milk Tea/ロイヤルミルクティー and Iced Royal Milk Tea/アイスロイヤルミルクティー can be ordered with soymilk, but presumably contain royal jelly so would not be vegan.

The Whipped Cream/ホイップクリーム and Coffee Fresh/コーヒフレッシュ coffee creamer are not vegan because they both contain dairy.

None of the food at Excelsior Caffe is vegan.

Hoshino Coffee

There are more than 150 Hoshino Coffee shops in Japan.

Although there doesn’t appear to be an allergy chart on their website, as of February 27, 2020, the website does list a soymilk latte/豆乳ラテ and iced soymilk latte/アイス豆乳ラテ, stating it’s suitable for people with dairy allerges (except that there may be cross-contamination)/ヘルシー志向の人や、乳製品アレルギーの人には嬉しいですね。(アレルギーに関してはコンタミネーションがあるので注意です. Presumably this means there is no dairy as an ingredient, only possibly from cross-contamination. There are also the usual assortment of black coffees, teas, and so on.

Komeda Coffee

Komeda Coffee is one of the largest coffee chains in Japan. Formed in 1968, they’ve grown to have a total of nearly 900 shops.

They offer a drink ticket package of 8 tickets for 3100 yen, so 388 yen per drink. It is good for a variety of drinks, including a Soymilk Au Lait.

The following drink items appear to possibly be vegan from the allergen chart, published 2/11/2020 (the Komeda Yōkan/コメダ羊羹 does not appear on the allergen list so we have reviewed the ingredient list on the package instead for that item):

• Orange Juice/オレンジジュース
• Melon Soda/メロンソーダ
• Komeda Blend Coffee (without Coffee Fresh Creamer)/コメダブレンド(フレッシュ不使用)
• American (without Coffee Fresh Creamer)アメリカン(フレッシュ不使用)
• Large Komeda Blend Coffee (without Coffee Fresh Creamer)/たっぷりコメダブレンド(フレッシュ不使用)
• Large American (without Coffee Fresh Creamer)/たっぷりアメリカン(フレッシュ不使用)
• Iced Coffee (with sweetener in & without Coffee Fresh Creamer)/アイスコーヒー(甘味抜き・フレッシュ不使用)
• Large Iced Coffee (accompanied by sweetener & without Coffee Fresh Creamer)/たっぷりアイスコーヒー (甘味抜き・フレッシュ不使用)
• Lemon Tea/レモンティー
• Straight Tea/ストレートティー
• Cinnamon Tea/シナモンティー
• Iced Lemon Tea (with sweetener in or accompanied by sweetener)/アイスレモンティー(甘味入り/甘味抜き)
• Iced Straight Tea (with sweetener in or accompanied by sweetener)/アイスストレートティー (甘味入り/甘味抜き)
• Japanese Ise Black Hot Tea “Mizuki”/お伊勢さんの和紅茶 瑞 (ホットティー)
• Japanese Ise Black Iced Tea “Mizuki”/お伊勢さんの和紅茶 瑞 (アイスティー)
• Soda Water/ソーダ水
• Cola/コーラ
• Summer Juice/サマージュース
• Tomato Juice/トマトジュース
• Fresh Lemon Squash(with sweetener in or accompanied by sweetener)/生レモンスカッシュ (甘味入り/甘味抜き)
• Kome Black (New Blend Coffee)/コメ黒 (新ブレンドコーヒー)
• Caffeineless Coffee/カフェインレスコーヒー
• Gold Iced Coffee/金のアイスコーヒー

The following drinks do not have dairy allergens in them when ordered with soymilk. When ordered with soymilk, they appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart. If you order these drinks, check what you receive for a green “豆” sticker to ensure that your order was correctly made with soymilk:

• Soymilk Cafe Au Lait/Soymilk Au Lait/豆) カフェオーレ(豆乳オーレ)
• Soymilk Coffee/豆) ミルクコーヒ
• Large Soymilk Cafe Au Lait/豆) たっぷりカフェオーレ
• Large Soymilk Coffee/豆) たっぷりミルクコーヒ
• Iced Soymilk Au Lait (with sweetener in or accompanied by sweetener)/豆) アイスオーレ (甘味入り)/(アイス豆乳オーレ) (甘味入り)/豆)アイスオーレ(甘味抜き)/(アイス豆乳オーレ(甘味抜き)
• Iced Soymilk Coffee (with sweetener in or accompanied by sweetener)/豆) アイスミルクコーヒ(甘味入り/甘味抜き)
• Adzuki Komachi Soymilk, Sumire (Violet)/豆) 小豆小町 菫(すみれ) (it’s unknown what ingredients are used to make the pink color in this drink)
• Iced Adzuki Komachi Soymilk, Aoi (Mallow)/豆) 小豆小町 アイス 葵(あおい)
• Iced Adzuki Komachi Soymilk, Sakura (Cherry Blossom)/豆) 小豆小町 アイス 桜(さくら)
• Iced Adzuki Komachi Soymilk, Sumire (Violet)/豆) 小豆小町 アイス 菫(すみれ) (it’s unknown what ingredients are used to make the pink color in this drink)
• Kuromitsu Soymilk Coffee/豆) 黒みつミルクコーヒー
• Large Kuromitsu Soymilk Coffee/豆) たっぷり黒みつミルクコーヒー
• Iced Kuromitsu Soymilk Coffee/豆) アイス黒みつミルクコーヒー
• Large Iced Kuromitsu Soymilk Coffee/豆) たっぷりアイス黒みつミルクコーヒー

Add-ins:

• Soymilk (as an add-in, instead of Coffee Fresh Coffee Creamer)/コーヒーフレッシュ(豆乳代替)
• Stick Sugar/スティックシュガー

The photo below shows the green “soymilk” sticker.

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The following drink contains dairy even if made with soymilk, so cannot be made vegan:

• Soymilk Cream Au Lait (with sweetener in or accompanied by sweetener)/豆) クリームオーレ(甘味入り/甘味抜き) (contains dairy whipped cream)

The Honey Iced Coffee/蜂蜜アイスコーヒー presumably contains real honey and would not be vegan, even when ordered with soymilk.  The Mixed Juice/ミックスユース and Banana Juice/バナナジュース both contain dairy.

Shaved ice in Japan sometimes contains hachimitsu, honey. The allergen chart doesn’t show the presence or absence of honey. The following items may possibly be vegan:

• Strawberry Shaved Ice/かき氷いちご
• Strawberry Shaved Ice (mini size)/かき氷いちご(ミニサイズ)
• Matcha Shaved Ice/かき氷抹茶
• Matcha Shaved Ice (mini size)/かき氷抹茶(ミニサイズ)
• Kiwi Shaved Ice/かき氷キウイ
• Kiwi Shaved Ice (mini size)/かき氷キウイ(ミニサイズ)
• Apple Shaved Ice/かき氷りんご
• Apple Shaved Ice (mini size)/かき氷りんご(ミニサイズ)

The Sweet Adzuki Bean Paste Topping/小倉あん(トッピング) for the shaved ice seems possibly to be vegan from the allergen chart. The Soft Cream/ソフトクリーム and Condensed Milk Toppings 練乳(トッピング) for the shaved ice have dairy and are not vegan. The Coffee Jelly Topping/コーヒーゼリー(トッピング)has gelatin, so is not vegan.

There are no vegan mains available at Komeda Coffee, but a few of the snacks/packaged sweets appear to possibly be vegan.

The Bean Snack/豆菓子 that is given for free when you order a drink appears to possibly be vegan, both from the allergen chart and the ingredient lists. However, it’s not clear what the “edible refined and processed oils/食用精製加工油脂” are made of.

Bean Snack/豆菓子. Ingredients: Peanuts (China), wheat, starch, sugar, adjusted sugar product (sugar, malitol), edible refined and processed oils, vegetable oil, salt/leavening agent, seasoning (amino acids, etc.).

Product contains peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

komeda bean snack, front of package    komeda bean snack, back of package

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There’s also a large packaged version of the Bean Snack to take home, but the ingredient list is slightly different. The “edible refined and processed oils/食用精製加工油脂” don’t appear as an ingredient here.

Komeda’s Bean Snack/コメダの豆菓子. Ingredients: Peanuts, wheat, starch, sugar, vegetable oil,  adjusted sugar product (sugar, malitol), salt/leavening agent, seasoning (amino acids, etc.).

Product contains wheat and peanuts.

Product manufactured in a factory that also processes items containing dairy, eggs, shrimp, and crab.

komeda bean snack large package front of package    Komeda bean snack large package ingredient list

Komeda Yōkan/コメダ羊羹. Ingredients: Sugar (domestically produced), adzuki beans, reduced syrup, agar.

Komeda Youkan

Pronto

Pronto functions as a cafe during the day and a bar at night. The information here is from the drink, food, and pasta allergen charts as of 1/14/2020 for the “cafe time” menu.

The following drink items appear to possibly be vegan from the drink allergen chart:

• Morning Hot Coffee (a.m. only)/モーニングホットコーヒー
• Morning American Coffee (a.m. only)/モーニングアメリカンコーヒー
• Refreshing Morning Blend Coffee (a.m. only)/朝限定 朝のすっきりブレンド
• Hot Coffee/ホットコーヒー
• American Coffee/アメリカンコーヒー
• Espresso Coffee/エスプレッソコーヒー
• Iced Coffee/アイスコーヒー
• Single Estate Indian Darjeeling Tea/シングルエステート ダージリンティー インド ”ティースタバレー茶園”
• Iced Straight Earl Grey Tea/アイスアールグレイティー(ストレート)
• Iced Lemon Earl Grey Tea/アイスアールグレイティー(レモン)
• Green Rooibos Fruit Tea/グリーンルイボスフルーツティー
• Orange Juice/オレンジジュース
• Grapefruit Juice/グレープフルーツジュース
• Pepsi Cola/ペプシコーラ
• Oolong Tea/ウーロン茶

Add-ins:

• Gum Syrup/ガムシロップ1個
• Stick Sugar/スティックシュガー1個

There are no vegan pastas or foods of any sort at Pronto.

Starbucks

Starbucks in Japan has more than 1500 outposts.

The Starbucks menu in Japan includes a soy latte, but you can also order other drinks with soymilk for an extra ¥50. Starbucks has oat milk available from March 13 to April 8, 2020, for an extra ¥50. From March 13, 2020 onward, almond milk is also available for an extra ¥50 (no fixed expiration period).  However, even when ordered with non-dairy milk, some drinks still have dairy in them, so please check the list below.

The soymilk at Starbucks has been reported to use emulsifier made of plants, but the sugar they use was previously confirmed to be bone char processed.

You can get a ¥20 discount for bringing your own tumbler or mug. (Japanese)

The Starbucks websites states (from autotranslate): Please be aware in advance that the products offered at the store are not allergy compatible products and do not guarantee the removal of allergens.

The drinks that appear possibly vegan from a review of the standard drink allergen chart (published 2/19/2020) are:

• Yuzu Citrus & Tea (Hot or Iced)/ゆず シトラス & ティー (limited edition)
• Drip Coffee (Hot or Iced)/ドリップ コーヒー
• Decaf Drip Coffee (Hot or Iced)/ディカフェドリップ コーヒー
• Cold Brew Coffee/コールドブリュー コーヒー
• Nitro Cold Brew Coffee/ナイトロ コールドブリュー コーヒー
• Cold Brew Flight/コールドブリュー フライト
• Coffee Press (Hot or Iced)/コーヒープレス
• Espresso/エスプレッソ
• Soy Latte (Hot or Iced)/ソイ ラテ
• Cafe Americano (Hot or Iced)/カフェ アメリカーノ
• Mango Passion Tea Frappucino/マンゴー パッション ティー フラペチーノ®
• Steamed Soymilk
• Iced Soymilk
• be juicy! Kids Orange/be juicy! Kids オレンジ
• be juicy! Kids Apple/be juicy! Kids アップル
• Yuzu Berry Tea/ティー(ユースベリー®)
• Mint Citrus Tea/ティー(ミント シトラス)
• English Breakfast Tea/ティー(イングリッシュ ブレックファースト)
• Earl Grey Tea/ティー(アール グレイ)
• Chamomile Tea/ティー(カモミール)
• Hibiscus Tea/ティー(ハイビスカス)
• Houjicha Tea/ティー(ほうじ茶)
• Joyful Medley Tea/ジョイフルメドレーティ
• Black Tea (Iced)/ ティー(ブラック)
• Passionfruit Tea (Iced)/ティー(パッション)

The following drinks do not have dairy allergens in them when ordered with non-dairy milk. When ordered with non-dairy milk, they appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• Joyful Medley Tea Latte/ジョイフルメドレーティーラテ (limited edition)
• Cafe Misto/カフェ ミスト
• Decaf Starbucks Latte (Hot or Iced)/ディカフェ スターバックス ラテ
Iced Cafe Mocha/カフェ モカ (アイス )(although the allergen chart states that the Hot Cafe Mocha has dairy even when ordered with soymilk)
• Cappucino/カプチーノ
Coffee Frappucino/コーヒー フラペチーノ®
• Iced Cocoa/アイス ココア (although the allergen chart states that Hot Cocoa has dairy even when ordered with soymilk)
• Matcha Tea Latte/抹茶 ティー ラテ
• Chai Tea Latte (Hot/Iced)/チャイ ティー ラテ
• English Breakfast Tea Latte/イングリッシュ ブレックファスト ティー ラテ
• Earl Grey Tea Latte/アール グレイ ティー ラテ
• Houjicha Tea Latte/ほうじ茶 ティー ラテ
• Chamomile Tea Latte/カモミール ティー ラテ
• Mint Citrus Tea Latte/ミント シトラス ティー ラテ

The following drinks still have dairy in them as part of the ingredients even if ordered with non-dairy milk, so are not vegan:

• Sakura Milk Pudding Frappucino/さくらミルクプリンフラペチーノ® (also contains gelatin)
• Sakura Milk Latte/さくらミルクラテ
• Chocolate with Milk Tea Frappucino/チョコレートwithミルクティーフラペチーノ®
• Mousse Foam Latte (Hot or Iced)/ムース フォーム ラテ
• Mousse Foam Caramel Macchiato (Iced)/ムース フォーム キャラメル マキアート
• Hot Cafe Mocha/ホット カフェ モカ
• Caramel Macchiato (Hot or Iced)/キャラメル マキアート
• White Mocha (Hot or Iced)/ホワイト モカ
• Caramel Frappucino/キャラメル フラペチーノ®
• Dark Mocha Chip Frappucino/ダーク モカ チップ フラペチーノ®
• Matcha Cream Frappucino/抹茶 クリーム フラペチーノ®
• Vanilla Cream Frappucino/バニラ クリーム フラペチーノ®
• Dark Mocha Chip Cream Frappucino/ダーク モカ チップ クリーム フラペチーノ®
• Hot Cocoa/ホット ココア
• White Hot Chocolate (Hot/Iced)/ホワイト ホット チョコレート
• Caramel Steamer/キャラメル スチーマー
• Cherry Blossom Cherry Frappucino/さくらさくらんぼフラペチーノ®

It’s been reported that some of these drinks, like the Matcha Cream Frappucino/抹茶 クリーム フラペチーノ®, are potentially vegan when ordered with soymilk and without whipped cream, and that the staff can look up the ingredients on request to see if ordering without whipped cream would make the drink dairy-free.

For customizations, the White Mocha Syrup/ホワイトモカシロップ, Whipped Cream/ホイップクリーム, Chocolate Chips/チョコレートチップ , Caramel Sauce/キャラメルソース and topping for the Sakura drinks/さくら用トッピング are not vegan because they all contain dairy.

The other customizations all appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• Espresso Shot/エスプレッソ ショット
• Vanilla Syrup (contains flavourings)/バニラシロップ(香料使用)
• Caramel Syrup (contains flavourings)/キャラメルシロップ(香料使用)
• Classic Syrup/クラシックシロップ
• Almond Toffee Syrup (contains flavourings)/アーモンドトフィーシロップ(香料使用)
• Chocolate Syrup/チョコレートシロップ
• Chai Syrup/チャイシロップ
• Chocolate Sauce/チョコレートソース
• Citrus Juice/シトラス果肉

Current food/dessert items that appear to possibly be vegan from looking at the food allergen chart published 2/15/2020 are limited to the following packaged food. There are no vegan non-packaged menu or dessert items:

• Black Pepper Tortilla Chips/トルティーヤチップス(ブラックペッパー)
• Sea Salt Potato Chips/ポテトチップス シーソルト. Ingredients: Ingredients: Potato (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, cornstarch, kombu extract powder/seasoning (amino acid etc.), antioxidant (vitamin C). (Processed on the same equipment as items containing eggs, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.)
• After-Coffee Mint (Sakura Flavor)/アフターコーヒーミント(さくら)
• After-Coffee Mint (Peppermint Flavor)/アフターコーヒーミント(ペパーミント)

The Sea Salt potato chips appear to be a repackaged version of the  Calbee Strongly Fried and Lightly Salted Potato Chips/カルビー 堅あげポテトうすしお味 that can be found in supermarkets. The maker, ingredient list and list of what allergens they were processed on the same equipment as are all identical.

Starbucks potato chips sea salt    starbucks potato chips sea salt back of package

St. Marc Cafe

The signs outside St. Marc Cafe say “Chococro” in English, but “Chococro” isn’t the name of the shop. There are more than 400 shops in Japan.

The information about St Marc Cafe is based off a review of their allergen chart published 2/27/2020.

• Lemon Black Tea/紅茶レモン
• Straight Black Tea/紅茶ストレート
• Yuzu Tea/ゆず茶
• Iced Lemon Tea/アイスティーレモン
• Straight Iced Tea/アイスティストレート
• Iced Yuzu Tea/アイスゆず茶
• 24 Kinds of Fresh Vegetable Juice/24種の新鮮野菜ジュース
• 100% Orange Juice/オレンジ100%ジュース
• Yuzu Orange/柚子オレンジ

Oddly, all the coffee drinks have dairy listed, even the Blend Coffee. However, it’s been reported that they sell black coffee.

The hachimitsu soramame/はちみつ そらまめ presumably contains real honey, so would not be vegan.

There are no vegan foods or desserts  available.

Tully’s Coffee

Tully’s Coffee is originally from Seattle in the U.S.A. It started in Japan in the 90’s and now has more than 700 stores in Japan.

The information about Tully’s is based off a review of their drink allergen chart and food allergen chart, both published 2/07/2020.

Seasonal drinks tend to be available for a very limited time, so it’s likely that not everything listed below will be available at the same time.

You can get a ¥30 discount for bringing your own tumbler or mug. (Japanese)

You can order drinks from the menu with soymilk for an extra ¥50. However, even when ordered with soymilk, some drinks still have dairy in them, so please check the list below.

The following drinks have no dairy milk or soymilk. They appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• Cafe Americano/カフェアメリカーノ
• Espresso/エスプレッソ
• Coffee of the Day/本日のコーヒー
• Iced Coffee/アイスコーヒー
• CoffeePresso DeCafe/コーヒププレーソデカフェ
• Organic DeCafe Coffee/オガーニックデカフェコーヒ
Mango Tango Swirkle/マンゴータンゴスワークル
• &TEA Original Malawi & Darjeeling/&TEA オリジナル マラウイ&ダージリン
• Mizudashi (Cold-Brewed) Iced Tea/水出しアイスティー
• Blood Orange Juice/ブラッドオレンジジュース
• 100% Fruit Squeeze/フルーツスクイーズ100%

The following drinks do not have dairy allergens from the ingredients in them when ordered with soymilk. When ordered with soymilk, they appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• Tapioca Houjicha (Japanese Roasted Green Tea) Latte/タピオカほうじ茶ラテ (May have cross-contamination from other products containing dairy)
• Almond Praline Soy Latte/アーモンドプラリネソイラテ (May have cross-contamination from other products containing dairy) The whipped cream in this product is soy whip.
• Soy Latte/ソイラテ
• Cappucino/カプチーノ
• Espresso Macchiato/エスプレッソマキアート
• Flat White/フラットホワイト
• Uji Matcha Latte/宇治抹茶ラテ
• Soymilk/豆乳 (ordered as-is)

The following drinks still have dairy in them even if ordered with soymilk, so are not vegan:

• Tapioca Royal Milk Tea/タピオカロイヤルミルクティー
Kuromitsu Kinako Matcha Latte/黒蜜きなこ抹茶ラテ
Kuromitsu Kinako Matcha Latte with Tapioca/黒蜜きなこ抹茶ラテ (タピオカトッピング)
Kuromitsu Kinako Houjicha Latte/黒蜜きなこほうじ茶ラテ
Kuromitsu Kinako Houjicha Latte with Tapioca/黒蜜きなこほうじ茶ラテ (タピオカトッピング)
Ruby Choco & White Mocha/ルビーチョコ&ホワイトモカ
• Tully’s Snowman Parade Latte (San’in and Hokuriku areas)/タリーズスノーマンパレードラテ (山陰・北陸エリア) (also contains gelatin)
• &TEA Honey Banana Royal Milk Tea/&TEA ハニーバナナロイヤルミルクティー (presumably also contains honey and royal jelly)
• Cafe Mocha/カフェモカ
• Honey Milk Latte/ハニーミルクラテ
• Caramel Latte with Salted Caramel Sauce/キャラメルラテwith ソルティーキャラメルソース
• Milky Flat White/ミルキーフラットホワイト
• Royal Milk Tea/ロイヤルミルクティー (presumably also contains royal jelly)
• Chai Milk Tea/チャイミルクティー
• &TEA Chai Milk Tea/&TEA チャイミルクティー
• Cocoa Latte/ココアラテ

All other drinks not listed here cannot be changed to soymilk and thus cannot be made vegan.

The following customizations appear potentially to be vegan from the allergen chart:

• with steamed Soymilk/with スチーム豆乳
• Flavoured Syrup (Hazelnut, Vanilla, or Caramel)/フレーバーシロップの追加(ヘーゼルナッツ/バニラ/キャラメル共通)
• Flavoured Syrup (Maple)/フレーバーシロップの追加(メープル)
• Espresso Shot/エスプレッソショット
• Chocolate Sauce/チョコソース
• Tapioca/タピオカ (contains soy)
• Cinnamon Powder/シナモンパウダー
• Sugar/シュガー
• Gum Syrup (Simple Syrup)/ガムシロップ
• Non-Calorie Syrup/ノンカロリーシロップ

These customizations are not vegan:

• Whipped Cream /ホイップクリーム (contains dairy)
• with Steamed Milk/with スチームミルク (contains dairy)
• Salted Caramel Sauce/ソルティキャラメルソース (contains dairy)
• Chocolate Powder/チョコレートパウダー (contains dairy)
• Creamer (Coffee Fresh)/ポーション(コーヒーフレッシュ)(contains dairy)
• Tully’s Honey/タリーズハニー

Kids’ menu:

The following drinks appear potentially to be vegan from the allergen chart:

•Soymilk/豆乳
•Chocolate Latte/チョコラテ (when ordered with soymilk)
•100% Fruit Squeeze/フルーツスクイーズ100%
•Vegetable Juice/充実やさい
•Apple Juice/元気なりんご

The iced Tapioca Houjicha Latte ordered with soymilk and the Date & Cacao Raw Brownie Bar are pictured below on the left, and an Uji Matcha Latte ordered with soymilk and tapioca is pictured on the right.

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The iced Almond Praline Soy Latte is shown below. The whipped cream is soy whip.

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There is one snack at Tully’s that doesn’t have listed animal ingredients. It can be found at some branches, but not all shops all the time. Unfortunately, all their other food and snacks have dairy or meat.

• Dates & Cacao Raw Brownie Bar/デーツ&カカオ 生ブラウニーバー. Ingredients: Dates, cacao mass, red sugar, roasted almonds, cacao powder, concentrated date juice, salt.

It is marked as free of all 27 allergenic substances.

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It’s also possible to pick up some of the Tully’s soymilk, made by Fukuren. The emulsifier is reported to be of vegetable origin.

T’s Soy Milk/T’s ソイミルク. Ingredients: Soybeans (America, not genetically modified), sanontou sugar, vegetable oil, salt/calcium lactate, emulsifier, pH adjuster, flavoring, stabilizer (carageenan).

Product contains soy.

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Ueshima Coffee

Ueshima Coffee/上島珈琲店 is a chain with more than 100 locations in Japan. It was established in 1933 in Kobe. The English sign outside the shops reads “Precious Coffee Moments,” but that isn’t the shop name.

You can get a ¥50 discount for bringing your own tumbler. (Japanese)

The information about Ueshima Coffee is based off a review of their allergen chart,  published 1/22/2020.

Unfortunately, its Organic Soymilk Coffee/有機豆乳ミルク珈琲 contains dairy as an ingredient, leaving no dairy-free soymilk drinks. The only dairy-free drinks they have are:

• Nel Drip Blend Coffee/ネルドリップブレンドコーヒー
• Iced Coffee/アイスコーヒー
• Tea (straight)/ティー(ストレート)
• Tea (lemon)/ティー(レモン)
• Orange Juice/オレンジジュース
• Kids’ Orange Juice/キッズオレンジジュース

There is no vegan food available at Ueshima Coffee. The boiled egg and banana bread both contain egg. Oddly, the banana bread also contains salmon. All the other food and sweets items contain dairy.

Caffe Veloce

Caffe Veloce has more than 100 shops.

The information about Veloce is based on a review of their drink and food charts, both from Jan 9, 2020.

• Blend Coffee/ブレンドコーヒー
• American Coffee/アメリカンコーヒー
• Straight Tea/ストレートティー
• Lemon Tea/レモンティー
• Espresso/エスプレッソ
• Rooibos Mint Tea (Caffeineless)/ルイボスミントティー(ノンカフェィン)
• Iced Coffee/アイスコーヒー
• Iced Straight Tea/アイスストレートティー
• Iced Lemon Tea/アイスレモンティー
• 100% Orange Juice/オレンジジュース100%
• 100% Apple Juice/アップルジュース100%
• Premium Malts (alcohol)/プレミアムモルツ
• Kaku Highball (alcohol)/角ハイボール
• Wine (red) (alcohol)/ワイン(赤)
• Wine (white) (alcohol)/ワイン(白)
• Lemon Sour (alcohol)/レモンサワー

Add-ons:
• Sugar/シュガー
• Diet Sweetener/ダイエットスイート
• Gum Syrup/ガムシロップ

Food:

• Shiratama Zenzai/白玉ぜんざい (only available for a limited time only. Only available at two shops in Nagasaki.)