Infinite Extension of Aesthetic Life
Interview, Photography by Terrisa Yuan
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1. Why did you open this coffee shop?
My wife and I love coffee shops. We were going to open a store related to aesthetics, such as galleries, craft courses and artsy shops. Then the store became so comfy that the thought of turning it into a café was a no-brainer.
2. Why here?
I really like the neighborhood here. It has the edge of being quiet in a busy business district.
3. How did you come up with the name?
We created our own brand: Minami, which means South in Japanese, in 2005. Opening the café prompted us to come up with a Chinese name. I happened to like breezes. So we combined the two concepts and called it The Southern Wind.
4. What do you remember the most at this cafe?
My wife and I once invited a Japanese illustrator to showcase her work in our store. She exchanged ideas with a lot of new artists in Taiwan. It was a very significant experience.
5. Who do you remember the most at this cafe?
There was once a girl who told my wife that one of the illustration courses she took here changed her life. Now she decided to learn illustration in England, and she thanked us for that. This is the most rewarding feedback we’ve received.
6. What's your least favorite question from costumers?
We became fearless after having been here for a long time. The only people we are afraid of is those who take photographs of the gallery work.
7. What's your most memorable cafe?
Atmosphere and coffee are what I value most in a coffee shop. A good coffee shop takes care of every detail. I also judge the stores by the hand drip coffee they make. I go to Charlotte Café a lot, even become friends with the owner!
8. What food goes best with coffee?
The sour and sweet light cheese and coffee complement each other.
9. Any food or beverage recommendation for foreigners?
Taiwanese Tea, of course! Its quality is well-known around the world. Rarely can you get 5 flavors from one cup of tea!
10. Where is your favorite seat in this cafe?
Depends on the time of the day. I like sitting by the window in the morning, letting the warm sun wake up my sleepy body cells. At night, I prefer the seat with the red desk lamp. The dim light allows one to think quietly.
11. What kind of music goes best with coffee?
Jazz goes best with Yirgachefee.
12. Recommendations for non-coffee drinkers?
13. What's your favorite coffee flavor?
Yirgachefee for its fruitiness.
14. When do you drink coffee?
I will make myself the first round of coffee before opening the shop.
15. How did you fall for coffee?
I fell for coffee more than a decade ago, well before Starbucks made its way in. We have also enjoyed learning a variety of hand drip methods throughout these years.
16. What's the link between coffee and personality?
Depending on your need for coffee, there’s a coffee flavor for everyone.
17. What's the style of your store?
Plain and natural with a touch of gracefulness.
18. In one sentence, describe your cafe.
Minami is where we express aesthetics in life and exchange similar ideas.
19. In your opinion, what makes Taiwan special?
People! Taiwanese are good-hearted and friendly toward foreigners.
20. What's your favorite place in Taiwan?
Four places: Taipei for its convenience and abundant cultural resources, Yi-lan for the breathtaking view, Pon-hu for its fun, and the east coast for its magnificent natural scenery.