Japan has a thriving coffee-shop culture, and we’ve got plenty of places here in Ise 伊勢市. Of course, there is a Starbucks ターバックス, and there are large Japanese chains such as Komeda’s 珈琲所コメダ珈琲店, Motomachi 元町珈琲, or Lamp 珈琲屋らんぷ. We even have a relatively rare McDonald’s McCafé マックカフェ.
If you are looking for a unique place off the beaten path, though, give Nakamura Coffee なかむら珈房 a try.
Located in the beautiful and historical Kawasaki area of Ise, this coffee shop imports beans from several countries and roasts them on site.
The Nakamuras take their coffee seriously (#3 in Japan’s 2017 roasting championship), keeping meticulous notes on their work, visiting the coffee plantations themselves, and carefully sifting out the beans when you make a purchase.
Well-Known in the Region
I’ve seen people from the prefecture to drive over an hour or more just to visit the store, and it’s also made a name for itself in the region. You can pick up some coffee (ground or whole beans), get a take-away cup, or relax at a table.