Everything you didn’t know about coffee
Ten best coffee shops in Seoul
A list from Time Out Seoul and three renowned experts in the coffee industry.
SJ They have a unique light roast coffee that has a hint of sweetness to it. They received high scores from an American coffee review site and used to export their specialty coffees to the U.S. as well.
David G. We It's one of the few places in Seoul where you can taste rare coffees such as Panama Geisha. This coffee shop that is located in the less crowded area of Gwanghwamun is definitely worthy of our praise.
Cho Won-jin Here you can taste coffee that farmers have taken the best care of. Their peaceful building, which is a renovated, old hanok, adds to the coffee’s flavor.
It first opened in 2002 right in front of Seoul National University and later moved here in 2013. They focus on the basics of coffee and use good materials for everything—from raw coffee beans to the handcrafted sauces. They offer customers a rare type of specialty coffee that costs up to 20,000 won a cup as well as blended tea and freshly baked cakes.
SJ A small workroom that opened in 2009 in Yeonnam-dong has a huge presence in the realm of specialty coffees in Korea. They deal with the widest spectrum of raw coffee beans for specialty coffees in Korea and conduct experimental attempts with them.
David G. We Here, Seu Pil-hoon, the first Korean Q-grader, introduces coffees he’s bought via direct trading with coffee plantations around the world.
Cho Won-jin This is one of the coffee companies that brought the concept of specialty coffees to Korea, which is often referred to as "the third wave" of the coffee industry.
Coffee Libre, which now has branches in Times Square in Yeongdeungpogu, on Famille Street in Gangnam and near Myeongdong Cathedral, was first opened in Yeonnam-dong. Every Sunday in Yeonnam-dong, customers can taste roasted single origin coffees (of at least seven variations) made with either an aeropress or French press. For basic coffees, they use their own espresso blend, Bad Blood. Every Tuesday at 8pm, they host a free public cupping.
SJ Kim Sa-hong, a winner of multiple awards, is one of the four wellknown baristas in Korea (Kim Sa-hong, Ahn Jae-hyuk, Choi Hyun-sun and Lee Jong-hoon). In 2016, he was the champion of the National 2016 WWCK (World Coffee Championship of Korea) KNBC Final.
David G. We Only here can you taste Kim Sa-hong's signature coffee, tangerine cappuccino. It'll make you feel like you are getting aromatherapy with coffee and fruits.
Cho Won-jin This is where you can taste what the standard for an espresso should be. The tangerine cappuccino and yuzu Americano are also quite special.
This coffee shop, which specializes in brewing, first opened in 2011 and is run by barista Kim Sa-hong. He gets beans for variation coffees from Café Libre, which is owned by Seu Pil-hoon, as they got to know each other while preparing for a barista competition before he opened his store. He gets his beans for Americanos from Felt Coffee.