CONTRIBUTED BY ANJALI LIND
There is no lack of coffee shops in Seoul; every block seems to have four or five of them, all seemingly thriving. My husband is a bit of a coffee purist, so he did some research about where to buy the best coffee beans for his Chemex coffee maker. One of the places he found was Jeon Gwang Su Coffee House near Anguk Station – conveniently located near lots of good sightseeing such as several of the palaces, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Insadong.
Jeon’s lives up to its hype. The owner, Gwang-su Jeon, runs a barista course and has extensive training in the coffee business. The shop has several of its own proprietary blends, as well as coffees imported from all over the world.
This was our second visit to Jeon’s. On the first trip, I tried “The Touch of Master Artisan” blend, while my husband went for the Winter blend. Both were prepared pour-over style (what they call “hand drip”), and were excellent. We took home a 100-gram bag of the Winter blend; beans were available to purchase in 100-gram and 200-gram bags.
On our second visit, my husband had the Winter blend again, and I tried a caffe latte, which was excellent as well. We also, in the interest of research, ordered the brownie to share, which came in two tidy triangles with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle. The brownie was excellent – fudgy and dense, perhaps even flourless? The bill for a coffee, a latte, the brownie, and a 100-gram bag of coffee beans was right around ₩20,000.
Jeon Gwang Su Coffee House, Seoul
Hours: Weekdays 10am-11pm; Saturdays 12pm-11pm; Sundays 12pm-9pm
Website: http://jeonscoffee.co.kr (in Korean only)
Address: Jongno-gu, Gye-dong 99-12
GPS Coordinates: 37.5791162, 126.9860142
Directions: Take Subway Line 3 to Anguk Station. Leave out of Exit 2 and walk straight until you get to the first major 4-way intersection. Turn right, and Jeon’s will be on your right in the first block.