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Coffee Sightseeing in Korea

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Published in SCAA Chronicle: http://www.scaa.org/chronicle/2012/10/08/koreas-exploding-interest-in-specialty-coffee/

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In 2007, a serial-drama titled Coffee Prince hit Korean television screens; with 20 percent of
Korean households tuning in weekly. The main character was a girl who pretends to be a guy
in order to be hired as a barista at a café called “Coffee Prince.” While its cartoony love stories
entertained viewers, the show also offered a lot of coffee-related eye candy, such as pour-
over brewing and coffee roasting. At the end of the series the main character even comes
back to lead a new café franchise named “Coffee Princess” after winning the World Barista
Championship.

Fast-forward five years to 2012 and Coffee Princes and Princesses exist all over Korea.
The number of coffee shops increased from approximately 1,200 in 2006 to 12,400 in 2011.
About 300 separate coffee training institutes are currently registered with the Korea Coffee
Education Society. Korea will even host the World Latté Art and World Coffee in Good Spirits
Championships this November.

Coffee lovers who visit Korea will probably find three things surprising. Read the rest of this entry »

커피덕후, 쵸콜릿을 만나다

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차분한 공기의 일요일 오후. 보스톤 근교의 Arlington이라는 조용한 도시의 손바닥만한 로스터리 카페, Barismo(바리스모)가 터져나갈 듯 문앞까지 사람으로 꽉 차있다. 곧 시작될 ‘Coffee and Chocolate’ 이벤트를 손꼽아 기다린건 커피덕후인 나 혼자만은 아니었던거구나… 그렇다면 당신들도? 흠…눈이라도 마주칠까 서로 머쓱하게 시선을 피하는 모습들이 덕후의 충분조건을 만족하는 듯. 게다가 이곳은 먼저 말 건내기로 유명한 미국이 아니던가. >.<;

분주하게 바에서 준비되고 있는 커피 그라인딩 소리와 융드립으로 추출되는 향긋한 커피향에 시달리며 다들 입가에 침고인 미소만 머금고 있고…점점 출출해 지는 오후시간. 빨리 입에 커피와 쵸콜렛을 물려 달라! Read the rest of this entry »

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