Hand Drip Coffee in Seoul

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Hand Drip Coffee at Cafe Oui in Seoul, South Korea (photo: P.M. Lydon | CC BY-SA 3.0)
Hand Drip Coffee at Cafe Oui in Seoul, South Korea (photo: P.M. Lydon | CC BY-SA 3.0)

Half of my time in Seoul thus far has been spent on trains, and the other half in various cafes, editing and drinking coffee. I’ve already done a post about one of the cooler spots I’ve seen, but the are all amazing. As much as I love each place I visit, my urge to explore means I rarely go to the same one twice and I’ll have to do a summary of all these places before I leave here, I really really must.

For now, I’ll let you in on a cool little spot called Cafe Oui on the fringe of the hip Hongik University neighborhood. A specialty at many of the smaller cafes in Seoul is hand-drip coffee, and like so many occupations in South Korea, the creation of this coffee is approached with careful preparation, precise movements, and finesse for each cup.

Although Cafe Oui does much of their business roasting and selling coffee beans from various corners of the world, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t indulge in a cup of joe here.

As a result of its location just outside the middle of the craziness of Hongdae, Cafe Oui is a bit less expensive than most of the places around here, and also a better place to sit and chat, work, or read a book while you’re taking in the subtle taste of their house blend or other coffee bean varieties on hand.

They also sell hand drip equipment, which I talked to the shop owner at length about (well, more like, she patiently educated me about it) and I scored a little single-cup glass dripper. Dripper, can I even call it that? Anyway, I am excited to use it, just have to pack carefully and hope that TSA doesn’t think it’s some kind of dangerous paraphernalia (They’ve freaked out about less).

You can enjoy a cup of hand drip coffee at Cafe Oui at:

Cafe Oui [map]
329-1 Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu
마포구 서교동 329-1
+82 2 338 0407

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