If you've walked around Downtown recently, and ventured up to the Artspace Lofts you've probably realized that there is a new coffee shop open. This coffee shop is called Nomu and it is located next to the Fab Lab at the Art Space.
Now before anything else you might be wondering: What does Nomu mean? Don't worry we asked ourselves the same thing! The cafe was created by a group of partners who wanted to provide service to people in Downtown El Paso, especially the residents at Artspace. Two of the partners lived in Tokyo for a while and this is where the idea came from. The word Nomu means to drink in Japanese, and they thought the name seemed fitting.
The owners realized that Downtown lacks cool places to just hang out and have a good time. They want to make sure they provide a super relaxed space that is not pretentious. and trying to just give options. Having a coffee shop next to the Fab Lab really influenced the place. Some of the owners of Nomu are from the Fab Lab and this inspired them to have a DIY space made from scratch. Overall Nomy is very minimal looking with all the benches, tables, and even the Downtown map all hand made by the Fab Lab.
Nomu is implementing an environmentally conscious brand that focuses on leaving the least amount of waste possible. They use paper straws and try to package everything in paper or cardboard to use the least amount of plastic possible. Not only do they reduce the use of plastic, but they try to use local resources to serve their community.
The coffee that they use is local, and therefore short distance, and still great quality. They use local bakers, like Sweet Addiction, and have vegan options from Savage Foods. All their food is prepackaged, but it is made either the day it is used or the night before, so everything is always fresh.
Not only does Nomu serve the El Paso community great coffee and tea selections, you can now also consume alcohol! Nomu now serves nine different craft beers as well as a selection of wines from Chile and France.
If you still haven't visited, we urge you to go take a look and have a drink, or two, while enjoying the cool atmosphere Downtown!