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Grass Mountain Coffee

In 2016, Grass Mountain Coffee opened in the suburbs of Taipei near the famous tourist spot of Yangmingshan. We interviewed the founder Ms. Chantil Ruan, who says, “I hope our store has a cheerful atmosphere that makes customers feel positive.”  “I want people to feel positive and cheerful coming to our store.”  The all-glass design allows you to clearly see the store from the outside. The store has a white roof and a white-tone interior design. The store, which lets in a lot of sunlight, is the very embodiment of the idea of “You Ming Xing (有明心),” making your mind positive and bright. Chantil states, “I was not that a positive person, so I always need to be guided by where there was light. I named the shop, “You Ming Xing” taking the idea from the Yangmingism. Wang Yangming, the founder of the Yangmingism said, “It is important to ask yourself what is right, pursue it thoroughly (致良知), and put it into action (知行合一).” ”  “What I always think is that this store should also aim to satisfy such states. We try to share what we know, what we think about, and what we feel in our hearts about good coffee, sharing with all our customers.” Yangmingshan is known for the Yangmingshan National Park famous for its cherry blossoms and hot springs that attract many tourists. The foothills of Yangmingshan, where she currently has her store, is her hometown, but it’s not that she was aware of the charm of the place from a long time ago.  Chantil states, “When I started living in the city for work for a few years, I realized that...

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