Getting a coffee shop right should be an easy trade. Small space, espresso machine, stock their own bean brand no ones heard of, fancy branding and open whenever you like. So why is it in Korea most coffee shop has an identical modern fit-out, is open 24 hours and is large enough to seat the population a small pacific nation?
The answer is consortiums. They run them all. So finding one with the above traits, an independent coffee shop that ‘you know care’™, in the main youth area of Hongdae is surprisingly tricky. Luckily Coffee Libre is there to get my hole in the wall take away fix.
Open since 2011, the renovated herbal medicine shop off the main area of Hongdae serves as the cafe of, I’m not quite sure really, an emerging empire much in the vain of Streamer? Coffee Libres’ roastery and head office are located nearby is what I’m trying to say. It’s small but you can tell there is a love of coffee here and shows in their participation of almost every coffee related event in Korea in the last 3 years.
Knowledgable on aeropress, which is a supreme rarity in these parts, freshly ground beans and a lack of soy milk speaks volumes really for the appreciation of coffee the staff at Coffee Libre hold. Only three items are on the menu, Espresso, Americano and Cafe Latte all reasonably priced at ₩4000. Iced Lattes are cardinal during Seouls humids summer.
Well worth going out of your way and doubly worth finding it. Check out Coffee Libre if you’re in Seoul.
© 2017 Carey Ciuro