Cafes

Beck’s Coffee Shop
Cafe de Crie
Coffeekan/Kohikan
Doutor
Excelsior Caffe
Excelsior Caffe Barista
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 flavoring 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 3/1/2020) 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
• Drip Pack Coffee/ドリップパック(1杯 カロリーはオススメ湯量で抽出した場合)

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

Food:

• Super Mixed Nuts/スーパーミックスナッツ. Ingredients: Almonds (America), raisins (America), coconut (Malaysia/Thailand), walnuts (America), cashews (Vietnam/India/Thailand), sugar, salt.

• Berry Mixed Nuts/ベリーミックスナッツ. Ingredients: Almonds (America), cranberries (America), coconut (Malaysia/Thailand), blueberries (America), goji berries (China), sugar, vegetable oil, high-fructose corn syrup, acidulant, salt, flavoring.

• 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

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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. 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 4/2, 4/8/2020):

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® Japanese Uji Matcha Milk Tea/ソルベージュ®日本茶ミルクティー 宇治抹茶(豆乳変更)
• Sorubege® Japanese Kaga Bou Hojicha Milk Tea (Kaga Roasted Tea Stem Milk Tea)ソルベージュ®日本茶ミルクティー 加賀棒ほうじ茶(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/ポーションミルク 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
• Caffeine-less Coffee/カフェインレスコーヒー
• Caffeine-less 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 10/1/2020) are:

• Blend Coffee/ブレンドコーヒー
• 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)/豆乳ラテ
• Decaf Soy Latte (Hot or Iced)/カフェインレス 豆乳ラテ
• Decaf (Hot or Iced)/カフェインレス コーヒー
• Rooibos Tea (Hot or Iced)/ルイボスティー
• Tea (Hot or Iced)/ティー
• Soy Milk Tea (Hot or Iced)/豆乳ティー
• Soymilk (Hot or Iced)/豆乳
• Iced Coffee/アイスコーヒー
• Apple juice ~100% pure juice~/青森県産りんごストレートジュース
• Orange juice~100% pure juice~/オレンジジュース~100%ストレート果汁~
• Soymilk Au Lait (Hot or Iced)/豆乳オレ

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

• Bubbles topping/タピオカトッピング (Tapioca bubbles)
• Stick Sugar/スティックシュガー
• Gum Syrup/ガムシロップ
• Organic Sugar/オーガニックシュガー
• “Slim Type” Sugar/スリムタイプシュガー
• Zero Calorie Syrup/ゼロカロリーシロップ
• Lemon Juice/レモン果汁

Some of the teas and juices may be seasonally available.

The following items are not vegan: The Coffee Fresh/コーヒーフレッシュ creamer contains dairy. The Coffee Lemonade Soda/コーヒーレモネードソーダ and Tea Lemonade Soda/ティーレモネードソーダ both contain honey per the respective item pages on the Doutor website. Although not noted on the allergen chart, which doesn’t show the presence or absence of honey, the Honey Sugar/ハニーシュガー syrup presumably contains real honey and would not be vegan.

The Soy caffè latte with sweet soybean flour/きなこ豆乳ラテ and Iced soy caffè latte with sweet soybean flour/アイスきなこ豆乳ラテ are marked as containing dairy on the allergen chart. However, if you order it without the dairy whipped cream topping, nothing clearly identifiable as being of animal origin is listed on an ingredient list from Doutor’s customer service department. However, they stated 同商品は動物性食材不使用を謳った商品ではございません/This product is not a product that claims to be free of animal ingredients and 同商品にはパーム由来の添加物が使用されています/Palm-derived additives are used in this product.

The only food or snack item that does not show animal ingredients on the allergen chart is the Whole Grain Sandwich Soy Meat/全粒粉サンド大豆ミート ~和風トマトのソース~. However, the item page (Japanese)says both 植物性原料を使用した食材で作った全粒粉サンドです。(各食材の主原料に動物性食材を使用していないことを確認しています)/A whole grain sandwich made from ingredients made from vegetable ingredients. (We have confirmed that animal ingredients are not used as the main ingredient of each ingredient) and 完全な菜食主義の方に向けた商品ではありません/This product is not intended for people who are “kanzen saishoku sugisha.” Kanzensaishokusugisha are people who do not eat any animal foods. For more information on this term and its meaning please check our Ordering Food page.

Although Doutor is not certifying that their product is okay for vegans or certifying that all the ancillary ingredients are not of animal origin, they did remove the main ingredients of honey/egg/milk from the trial item before the nationwide release due to customer request, so we feel that this represents a positive step.

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 10/1/2020) 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
• Soy Latte/豆乳ラテ
• Iced Soy Latte/アイス豆乳ラテ
• Soy Cappucino/豆乳カプチーノ
• Maple Soy Latte/豆乳メープルラテ (even though the Iced Maple Soy Latte contains dairy)
• 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
Fruit Jasmine Tea with Mixed Berries/フルーツティー ミックスベリージャスミンティー
• Uji Matcha Soy Latte/豆乳宇治抹茶ラテ (However, the similarly-named Uji Matcha Latte/宇治抹茶ラテ has dairy. Be sure the drink has the word “soy” in the name.)
• Iced Soy Uji Matcha Latte/アイス豆乳宇治抹茶ラテ (However, the similarly-named Iced Uji Matcha Latte/アイス宇治抹茶ラテ has dairy. Be sure the drink has the word “soy” in the name.)
• 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
• Lemonade Soda/レモネードソーダ
• Espresso & Perrier/ペリエスプレッソ
• Perrier/ペリエ
• Soymilk/豆乳
• Iced Soymilk/アイス豆乳

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 contain dairy even if made with soymilk, so are not vegan:

• Almond Caramel Soy Latte/豆乳アーモンドキャラメルラテ
• Iced Almond Caramel Soy Latte/アイス豆乳アーモンドキャラメルラテ
• Iced Maple Soy Latte/アイス豆乳メープルラテ
• Maple Royal Soy Milk Tea/豆乳メープルロイヤルミルクティー (presumably also contains royal jelly)
• Iced Maple Royal Soy Milk Tea/アイス豆乳メープルロイヤルミルクティー (presumably also contains royal jelly)

The Royal Soy Milk Tea/豆乳ロイヤルミルクティー and Iced Royal Soy Milk Tea/アイス豆乳ロイヤルミルクティー 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 creamer are not vegan because they both contain dairy.

The foods that appear possibly vegan from a review of the standard allergen chart (published 10/1/2020) are:

Plain bagel/プレーンベーグル
Blueberry bagel/ブルーベリーベーグル

Excelsior Caffe Barista

Also an offshoot of Doutor coffee, as of October 2020, Excelsior Caffe Barista/エクセルシオールカフェ バリスタ has an exclusive matcha drink with soy whipped cream. Regular Excelsior Caffes (not Excelsior Caffe Barista) sell the Uji Matcha Soy Latte/豆乳宇治抹茶ラテ and Iced Uji Matcha Soy Latte/アイス豆乳宇治抹茶ラテ, which come without whipped cream topping or with non-vegan dairy whipped cream topping as an add-on. Excelsior Caffe Barista has both of those and also has a special drink, a Matcha Soy Cream Latte/抹茶豆乳クリームラテ with soy whipped cream that looks as if it may be vegan from the allergen chart of 10/1/2020.

Be careful not to order the similarly-named Uji Matcha Latte/宇治抹茶ラテ (hot or iced) as it has dairy.

The photo of the Matcha Soy Cream Latte/抹茶豆乳クリームラテ from the Excelsior Caffe Barista reads “豆乳ホイップクリーム/soymilk whipped cream.”

Photo from website.

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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 menu 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 allergies (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 is 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 have one plant-based branch, opening 7/15/2020 in Ginza, Tokyo. Check out the tokyovegan.org writeup here (English).

The information below is for their regular, non-plant-based branches.

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 4/8/2020 (the Komeda Yōkan/コメダ羊羹 and coffee candy do not appear on the allergen chart so we have reviewed the ingredient list on the packages instead for those items):

• 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 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 is not 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 Cafe Au Lait Shaved Ice/かき氷カフェオレ (regular and mini sizes), 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

Komeda Coffee Candy. Ingredients: Sugar (domestically produced), starch syrup, coffee, starch, starch syrup of reduced malt sugar (maltitol), vegetable oil, coffee extract/flavoring, coloring agent (carbon black), emulsifier.

Of the 27 specified allergenic substances, product contains soybeans.

Komeda Coffee candy

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 3/16/2020 & 3/17/2020 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
• Large Iced Coffee/たっぷりアイスコーヒー
• Darjeeling Tea/ダージリンティー
• Iced Straight Earl Grey Tea/アイスアールグレイティー(ストレート)
• Large Iced Earl Grey Tea/たっぷりアイスアールグレイティー
• 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

The Coffee Fresh creamer has dairy.

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/豆乳 or almond milk/アーモンドミルク for an extra ¥50. For the same price, there was also oat milk available from March 13 to April 8, 2020. However, even when ordered with non-dairy milk, some drinks still have dairy in them, so please check the list below.

When ordering a beverage containing soymilk or almond milk, you’ll receive a  card to pass to the staff member making the drinks to make sure you pick up the correct beverage as well as a sticker on your drink to let you know the correct non-dairy milk was used.

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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. No information is known about if they use bone char processed sugar in their own-brand almond milk.

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 8/11/2020) are:

•  Cold Drip Coffee Frozen Lemonade (limited edition)
• 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
• Steamed Almond Milk
• Iced Soymilk
• Iced Almond Milk
• 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 (Japanese Roasted Green) Tea/ティー(ほうじ茶)
• 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:

Starbucks Teavana Shaken Houjicha Tea Latte/スターバックス® ティバーナ™ シェイクン ほうじ茶 ティー ラテ (limited edition)
Starbucks Teavana Shaken Matcha Tea Latte/スターバックス® ティバーナ™ シェイクン 抹茶 ティー ラテ (limited edition)
• Cafe Misto/カフェ ミスト
• Starbucks Latte (Hot or Iced)/スターバックスラテ(ホット/アイス)
• 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 non-dairy milk)
• 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 (Hot)/抹茶 ティー ラテ(ホット)
• Chai Tea Latte (Hot/Iced)/チャイ ティー ラテ (ホット/アイス)
• English Breakfast Tea Latte (Hot)/イングリッシュ ブレックファスト ティー ラテ(ホット)
• Earl Grey Tea Latte (Hot)/アール グレイ ティー ラテ(ホット)
• Houjicha (Japanese Roasted Green) Tea Latte (Hot)/ほうじ茶 ティー ラテ(ホット)
• Chamomile Tea Latte (Hot)/カモミール ティー ラテ (ホット)
• Mint Citrus Tea Latte (Hot)/ミント シトラス ティー ラテ (ホット)

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

• Strawberry Milk Frappucino/ミルク イチゴ 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  マキアート
• Hot Cafe Mocha/ホット カフェ モカ
• Caramel Macchiato (Hot/Iced)/キャラメル マキアート
• White Mocha (Hot/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

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®, Hot Cocoa/ホット ココア, and Hot Cafe Mocha/ホット カフェ モカ are potentially vegan when ordered with non-dairy milk 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. However, we’ve had mixed results when attempting to do this at our local branch- the staff members are not always knowledgeable about what’s in what part of the drinks.

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 , and Caramel Sauce/キャラメルソース 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 flavorings)/バニラシロップ(香料使用)
• Caramel Syrup (contains flavorings)/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 flavorings)/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 Flesh/シトラス果肉

Current food items that appear to possibly be vegan from looking at the food allergen chart published 8/12/2020 are limited to the following packaged food items. There are no vegan 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 (Grape Flavor)/アフターコーヒーミント(グレープ)

The After-Coffee Mint (Strawberry Flavor)/アフターコーヒーミント(ストロベリー)contains gelatin, so is not vegan.

The Black Pepper Tortilla Chips are shown below.

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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

Although the caramel drinks all contain dairy, the vanilla and caramel syrups that are sold to take home don’t list dairy on the label. Photos taken in August 2020. As both are made in Malaysia and marked “halal,” presumably they are therefore made without the use of bone-char processed sugar.

• Starbucks Caramel Flavoured Syrup. Ingredients: Sugar/flavoring, preservative (sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate) citric acid, caramel coloring.

• Starbucks Vanilla Flavoured Syrup. Ingredients: Sugar/flavoring, preservative (sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate) citric acid, caramel coloring.

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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 4/17/2020.

• 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
• Sapporo Beer/サッポロ 生ビール

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

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 4/2/2020.

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:

• Okinawa Shikuwasa Swirkle (Kyushu & Shikoku pre-sale)/沖縄シークワーサースワークル(九州・中四国 先行発売. Will release nationwide 5/8/2020 per PR Times (Japanese).
• Okinawa Shikuwasa Swirkle (Okinawa only)/沖縄シークワーサースワークル(沖縄限定)
• Okinawa Shikuwasa Separate Tea (Okinawa only)/沖縄シークワーサーセパレートティー(沖縄限定)
• &TEA Peach & Muscat Tea/&TEA ピーチ&マスカットティー
• 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
• Mizudashi (Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee)/水出しアイスコーヒー
• 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:

• 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. (Seasonal beverage)
• 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)
• 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)

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

• &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)
• Strawberry Milk Cafe Latte/いちごミルクカフェラテ
• Strawberry Milk/いちごミルク
• &TEA Peach Confiture Royal Milk Tea/&TEA ピーチコンフィチュール ロイヤルミルクティ- (presumably also contains royal jelly)
• Tully’s Snowman Parade Milk Tea (San’in and Hokuriku areas)/タリーズスノーマンパレードミルクティ- (山陰・北陸エリア) (also contains gelatin)
•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)
• Cafe Mocha/カフェモカ
• Honey Milk Latte/ハニーミルクラテ (presumably also contains real honey)
• 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)
• &TEA Chai Milk Tea/&TEA チャイミルクティー
• Tapioca Royal Milk Tea/タピオカロイヤルミルクティー (presumably also contains royal jelly)
• 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
• Flavored 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)
• Flavored 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)
• Tully’s Honey/タリーズハニー
• 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)

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 (Japanese Roasted Green Tea) 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 are two snacks at Tully’s that don’t have listed animal ingredients. The Dates & Cacao Raw Brownie Bar can be found at some branches, but not all shops all the time. Unfortunately, the Honey Walnut Doughnut/ハニーウォルナッツドーナツ presumably has real honey. All their other snacks, food, and desserts 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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Fried Pasta Salt/フライドパスタ ソルト. (May have cross-contamination from manufacturing from items containing egg, dairy, shrimp, squid, salmon, mackerel, chicken, pork, etc.)

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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 3/20/2020.

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:

• Cold Coffee Soda/冷珈ソーダ
• 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 the drink allergen chart and food allergen chart, both published Apr 1, 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.)