Inoda brand coffee run a popular chain of cafes in Kyoto town. They have done since 1940. If you can deal with the smoke you will have a decent, old school, coffee experience.
At the back of this particular shop on Sanjo street ( a few blocks west from the Western end of the Sanjo arcade) there is a large circular bar with barristas stationed in the middle. It looks directly onto a serene Japanese garden and had it not been for the ashtrays sending up smoke signals I would have jumped at the chance of a prime position seat. I mean the smoking section is find if there are no smokers right?
Had it not been a stinking hot day (when the smoke seems even more putrid to me - maybe it's an Aussie bushfire memory association thing...) I might have spent the time it takes to watch my coffee drip through the filter into the pouring chamber then drink it - just for the opportunity to gaze at the garden.
I have enjoyed a cup of Joe (and sampled a couple of their expectantly decent cakes) at several Inoda coffee shops around town and all are consistent - but only recently visited the Sanjo store and its garden as they were recommended to me by friend (and smoker) Ricky. (Apologies Ricky... you know I'd definitely sit there with you even if you were puffing away - just because your company is so delightful... and sense of humour so wicked!).
Kyoto summer essentials below. OK so the phone is a constant.
PS - if you like Inoda coffee they have a range of varieties available in take home packs. I'd take a guess you can buy the syrup too!