Whenever I travel, the one thing I will always hunt for is coffee. I love seeing how it’s treated and served in different cities and of course, I love to drink it too. On a recent trip to Nara, my considerable research led me to Minamo (ミナモ). On a lovely side street, my first visit was unlucky; I was disappointed to find the roller shutter closed with a note on the door. I returned the following day with more luck; the gorgeous storefront was open and overflowing with greenery.
Inside they offer a simple set menu and pour-over coffee in a perfectly minimal interior. Small groups of locals were chatting and relaxing in this serene hideaway. After watching the care that went into artfully making my coffee, I wanted to spend the whole afternoon. The attention to detail was lovely. The staff were incredibly kind, gracious and obliging, even allowing a quick portrait!