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K COFFEE

When someone asks you what your favorite coffee is, how do you respond? You may try to explain it in difficult terms — after all, coffee is a difficult drink to describe since there are as many tastes and flavors as there are different varieties and brewing methods. K COFFEE is a kind of shop that lets you push aside all the pretentiousness and enjoy coffee in a relaxed, peaceful state of mind. We’ve spoken to its manager Kazuya Mori. Coffee-averse youth As you walk a nondescript street in Yamato-koriyama City, western Japan, the retro- and mysterious-looking store suddenly comes into view. Casually dressed, its manager Mori flashes a charming smile as he peeks out of the window of the roastery, a makeover of a former gas station. “Early on, people often came to me and said that I should repaint the building,” Mori recalls. “But I wanted to leave it just the way it was. I liked the quirky, outdated appearance. This facade attracts curious glances from passers-by who must be wondering what this building could be. Not many people drop in casually. I’m glad that this store has now become a destination for some customers.” Mori hasn’t always been a fan of coffee. In fact, he was at one point thinking about opening an okonomiyaki restaurant in Osaka. What steered him onto his current path is his experience as a stay-at-home husband and father in Nara, where his family had moved. “I had avoided coffee ever since I had diarrhea when I was small after drinking a can of coffee. I wasn’t the type to go to stylish cafes, either. So even after...

K COFFEE

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