Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Club Espresso 클럽에스프레소, Buam-dong, Seoul

Half coffee shop, half school for making coffee, Club Espresso in Buam-dong was a pleasant surprise for me a few weeks ago. While I'm not a coffee drinker, I'm surrounded by them and it seems as though it's hard to get a good, quality cup of joe around in this country. Drip coffee is something of a rarity, only available in specialized shops and most people go for the americano option, which is espresso and water. I'm not a coffee expert and I can't tell you what the difference between all these things are, but I can tell you that if you want to try something new and different, Club Espresso is the place to go.

When you walk in, you'll be immediately impressed with the number of interesting options. Roasts from all over the world. Coffee snobs will be in heaven here.

We ordered a few drinks (I'm sorry, it's been a few weeks so I don't remember what they were). Mine is the chocolaty one on the right, since I can't drink strong coffee because it makes my stomach hurt. It was delicious, and no stomach pains as well! 

Close up!


Another fun part of visiting this place is checking out their upstairs area where I've been told they offer classes to people studying the art of coffee making. You can see in the glassed in room where tremendous bags of coffee beans line the walls and machinery all for making coffee is seen on all sides. They also have large bags of coffee beans available for sale here. Each bag you see here is from a different country in the world, and the label on the front explains the taste and aroma of each particular bean. 

If you ever find yourself in the area, make sure you make a stop by this coffee shop and enjoy some brews from around the world!


  1. The easiest way to find it is to take exit three of Kyeongbokgung Station (line 3), hop on bus 7022, and get off when you reach the top of the long, long hill: cross the street (no sidewalk where you get off), walk right to the crest where the street starts going on a downward slope again, and Club Espresso will be across the street from you..

  2. Thanks Roboseyo.... I drove a car there so I had no idea how to give directions... especially given that it's so far from the subway...