Caffé Pascucci (international chain; Seohyeon branch)

Happy Friday to everyone. Are you thirsty? Do you feel like taking a little trip to one of the international centers of coffee? Italy is just a plane ride away, after all…

But it’s not that simple, is it? However, there are other options for experiencing other parts of the world. And if you want some Italian coffee, an Italian coffee chain has made its way to Korea and other parts of the world. It’s called Caffé Pascucci.

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De Chocolate (chain, multiple locations)

hello again!

with a regular plain latte at Caffè Fiorè on a foggy day in the Emerald City, i re-start this blog. actually, the fog has been almost perpetual since i got back from Korea a few days ago. all fog… and a forecast of no rain for four more days… very strange. i want my Seattle rain! because i was in Korea, i haven’t seen rain in two months… how depressing. but we did have some great snowstorms there. and i did check out even more cafés and went back to some old favorites. anyway, i had a little detour from my planned schedule of frequent postings, but i plan to remedy that starting today! and to start my Korean café reviews anew, i present to you De Chocolate.

De Chocolate is a small chain as Korean chains go. I think they are trying to go more upscale and exclusive rather than the “be everywhere” model that Caffé Bene has. If you look at their website (as of January 2013), they have just over 15 stores. So, they expanded little by little as I lived there, looking for the right places for new stores instead of just saturating the market through money and star promotions. I’ve only been to four of their locations:  Apgujeong, Gangnam, Seohyeon, and Unjung-dong.

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