koé donuts; a ground-breaking, immersive and ethical donut factory
koé donuts only recently opened their doors in downtown Kyoto in March of 2019.
However, their opening wasn’t the only thing that caught social media’s eye. Their stylish Kyoto-like interior and novel method of enjoying donuts with a knife and fork were instant hits on social media and a big reason why they boast constant lines even now, a few months after they initially opened.
Of course, it needs to be said that koé donuts aren’t just any old donut shop. Their huge store is also home to their “immersive donut factory” too!
koé donuts’ “open factory” layout makes it so you can watch every aspect of the donut making process, from grinding the flour to frying and topping the donuts, right from where you’re sitting.
Watching the staff in their fresh koé donuts uniforms skillfully put together all the different types of donuts one after the other is mesmerizingly fun!
Not only does koé donuts’ open-factory like kitchen bring an air of excitement to the store, but being able to see the donuts making process right before your eyes also gives you a sense of reassurance too.
On top of all this, koé donuts also undertake efforts to run as an “ethical” store.
What this means is, they believe in buying and using things which are considerate of and good for our environment, people, and society.
With this, koé donuts have created a new kind of donut—whose ingredients and preparation they have paid particular attention to and which take into consideration sustainability and people’s health,
Every single donut koé donuts sell are developed with these three concepts in mind, “Organic,” “Natural,” and “Local production for local consumption.”
They also use only highly selective ingredients, such as home-made organic wheat flour, organic granulated sugar and “miyama milk” from miyama, Kyoto.
That highly selective character can also be seen in the interior of the store. koé donuts’ interior features a wrap of bamboo baskets made from bamboo sourced from Kyoto’s Arashiyama.
These bamboo baskets—long cherished in Kyoto kitchens—add a sense of refinement, while giving off an almost nostalgic feeling, and culminating in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.