ELEPHANT FACTORY COFFEE (open 01:00pm～01:00am)
Are you free tonight in Kyoto? Let’s go to ELEPHANT FACTORY COFFEE!
Profile of ELEPHANT FACTORY COFFEE
“I have never regarded our space as a café. This is a coffee shop.” The coffee shop is run by Hiroto Hata, who previously worked as a manager at an interior goods store.
The ELEPHANT FACTORY COFFEE shop is in a rather secretive place in the Kawaramachi area, one of the main areas in Kyoto.
Could you tell me how you started this coffee shop?
I wanted to create a space where a man could visit without any purpose. I hope this place fills the guests’ emotion, feeling, sense…
Then, the place didn’t have to be the coffee shop at first?
Yes, but I like people drinking coffee.
I see. Did you intend this to be a secret place?
I like to explore on foot and find special places. So, I chose here. However, more recently people have found us rather easily thanks to Google. I guess using Google just isn’t as fun to me, haha.
You’re very proud of your coffee, aren’t you?
Why not! I offer coffees that I really highly recommend and brew each cup of coffee from my heart.
Do you expect the guests to love the coffee?
Well, not so. I’m grateful if they like it, but what is most important to me is that people enjoy the whole day, and ELEPHANT FACTORY COFFEE consists of a part of that day.
How is the atmosphere in this coffee shop?
It really depends. Sometimes people enjoy reading and are very quiet. Sometimes they are chatting. This is a so small space that not only I but also the guests create the space.
Do you love being the owner here?
Yes, so much. I can’t describe how it attracts me, but, yes, it’s perfect.
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