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Ningin Shoten on Miyako Island In-store coffee roasting and original doughnuts
post : 2016.12.05 08:00
On October 29,2016, a small coffee shop opened on Miyako Island. Ningin means people in the Miyako dialect. Teruyuki Takaesu grinds coffee beans and serves paper dripped coffee right in front of you.
Currently they have three kinds of coffee beans available: medium-roast Ethiopian, Colombian used for their city roast and Tanzanian for lattes.
In addition to coffee, baked doughnuts made from tofu products are a house specialty. Local citrus or lemon juices are also available which are mixed with honey from Takaesu's father's own bee hives.
Takaesu came back to his home town in Miyako about ten years ago after working at a publishing company on the main island of Okinawa. His wife Yukiko also returned to the island from Tokyo where she was a musician. After they married, Takaesu worked as a social worker and then became a illustrator. At that time, he became interested in the coffee business.
What piqued his interest in coffee was a cup of dark roast at Mojano Panya in Miyako. They use a roaster with a handle. Takaesu soon purchased the same roaster and began roasting beans on weekends.
“I am trying to make a best cup of coffee for each person,” Takaesu said. “I want to make people happy with coffee. My coffee shop is for people who enjoy talking, thinking or conversing about arts and music. I provide a place for locals and tourists to interact here and want to keep learning about coffee till I get old.” With his wife's support, opening the shop was a decision that did not take much time to make.
The coffee I chose had very mild nuances of bitterness, sourness and sweetness. Listening to Yukiko’s soothing music while gazing at the sunlight on the yard and listening to the cheerful voices of kids while sipping my coffee made my day.
Takaesu grew up watching his hardworking father ply his trades fishing and running an inn. “You live just as you are,” is a philosophy he learned from his father, and this was the inspiration to start his own business where he can be himself.
Address: 887-1 Kugai, Hirara, Miyakojima City, Okinawa
Closed: Sunday (2016); Sunday-Monday (2017)
Okinawa CLIP photo writer: Noriya Fukuda