If industrial chic is your thing, you’ll love the space at Bean Brothers, which was literally fashioned from an old warehouse space in the formerly industrial neighborhood near the Dangin-ri Power Plant. Bean Brothers makes good use of the high ceilings, with two lofted seating areas that overlook the floor and allow for excellent birds-eye views of the coffee bar, a U-shaped counter in the middle of the room that almost acts as a stage.
It’s enthralling to watch every step of your coffee being ground, measured out, and poured over before your very eyes, and you can get a sense of the degree to which the head baristas have trained their staff (in general: very well, though there is the occasional newbie—but let’s be kind). All staff wear nametags indicating their roles on the floor, and Bean Brothers has three house roasts, each one named for one of the three main baristas and each with its own flavor profile. As for edibles, there is a selection of muffins, scones and cookies—nothing stand-out, but they will certainly do the trick if you’re feeling hungry.