Coffee Market (Kondae)

Now we’re getting to the good stuff. The heart of the matter. As the market is the beating heart of any city, a coffee market is the heart of any aspiring CaféSeaSeo. Okay, wait, maybe it isn’t that deep inside me. But a placed called the Coffee Market has certainly found its way into my heart. Let’s start at the story of how I found it.

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Caribou Coffee (chain; Sinchon branch)

On at least one occasion I’ve mentioned my DC days. Well, during those DC days I visited one of the local popular chains from time to time, as it was a refreshing change from the green siren. This was Caribou Coffee, a café whose ambiance lets you feel like you are visiting a lodge in Alaska Minnesota. It wasn’t the café I would make a point to visit, like Java Shack, Common Grounds, Murky Coffee, or Tryst, but it was certainly pleasant to do so, and Caribous were centrally located in places like Farragut Square or Logan Circle. (Though now, in 2016, they are a Peet’s and a construction site, respectively).

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Café Haru (Hongdae)

Two days after visiting Segafredo Espresso, the river was still frozen, and it was still cold, but I decided to visit Hongdae. In 10 months, I had only been there three times before, since it took so long to get there from Yongin (this was before the Sinbundang Line opened). I met up with a friend, and she decided to introduce me to a place she liked, Café Haru. This was a cool independent shop, even if quiet, and we caught up there. Unfortunately for this blog, because of that catching up, I don’t have much to say about it or my visit there. I had fun hanging out with my friend, but the café didn’t catch my attention. But you can see below that they did focus on single-origin coffees and did their own roasting. So for 2011, they were a bit ahead of the trends.

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Coffee, the Seattle connection

Here at CaféSeaSeo I sometimes take time to focus on the Sea(ttle) instead of the Seo(ul).

So here was a nice little profile of the founder of, as I’ve previously mentioned, one of my favorite cafés in Seattle, Espresso Vivace, and the huge impact he had.

The Seattle Times – Vivace’s David Schomer — not Starbucks — ‘made coffee huge in Seattle’

Second, a little reflection on Seattle’s current place in the coffee universe. There’s a little more details in the comment than in the posting:

What Happened to Seattle Coffee? – http://www.eater.com/forums/seattle/2014/9/25/6845431/what-happened-to-seattle-coffee

The New York Times – ‘Is That Cappuccino You’re Drinking Really a Cappuccino?’

Defining coffee… when cappuccinos aren’t cappuccinos, and caramel macchiatos aren’t macchiatos, and Gibraltars are also cortados. Well, at least here’s the story of the cappuccino…

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/fashion/mens-style/is-that-cappuccino-youre-drinking-really-a-cappuccino.html

From seed to cup to seed

I try to order a for-here cup whenever and wherever possible, even at Starbucks (yes, they have mugs, even some people in Seattle have looked surprised when they see me with one). But if you’re going to get something to go, there is now an option that’s even greener than a compostable cup…

A cup that biodegrades into seeds…

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/the-first-plantable-coffee-cup

Beautifying the world with coffee art

The world needs beauty amid all its troubles. Thankfully, there are millions of artists among us. And some of them dabble in coffee. Here’s a few examples I found to hopefully make you smile and brighten your day…

By artist Ghidaq al-Nizar:
http://laughingsquid.com/a-wonderful-series-of-beautifully-detailed-drawings-created-from-coffee

By artist Stefan Kuhnigk:
http://laughingsquid.com/illustrations-of-adorable-little-monsters-created-from-random-coffee-spills

Starbucks ad from 1984

My mom saved a lot of stuff. Well, I’ve saved a lot of stuff too. Don’t we all? Lol. Among her stuff I happened to find an old magazine brochure from an exhibition about China at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center in 1984.

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