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Roasters 커피 공방 (Coffee Atelier) is my favorite cafe in all of Seoul.
Don’t let appearances fool you. While Roasters 커피 공방 seems like a hole-in-the-wall, it’s a very cozy and inviting cafe with a super friendly and knowledgeable staff that consistently roast and make a great variety of the BEST hand-drip coffee I’ve ever had. I’m by no means a super coffee-holic, but I do know a true great coffee when I taste it, and out of the great multitude of roasting cafes I’ve visited and tried in the Seoul area since my arrival over three years ago, Roasters is in a league of its own in terms of superb-quality coffee. Their coffee is a great delight and has no other equal in Seoul.
In addition to the vast array of coffee they roast and prepare, they make a hearty mochaccino and other mixed coffee drinks that are absolutely magnificent, and some Koreans and foreigners alike traverse lengthy distances across Seoul and Gyeonggi-do just to visit and obtain freshly roasted coffee beans and drinks.
While I’d say most people order their coffee and/or coffee beans and then eventually depart, there are those like myself that enjoy the homey ambiance of the cafe and often look forward to spending afternoons sipping the most awesome coffee amid chatting and laughing with Michelle, learning more about coffee from the friendly staff, reading, writing, or just simply pondering.
As you can see, Roasters is a small, cozy cafe with only about 4-5 tables, but despite the lack of seating, of all the times I have visited since coming across it about a year ago, only once or twice I was unable to sit inside.
I have never been disappointed with any of the varieties of coffee that are roasted and made at Roasters, in fact, I’m always more surprised than anything. Of course, it is… just… coffee, but to those that work at Roasters, coffee is a work of art, and they strive to successfully discover the true potential of what each regional coffee has to offer and then share it with their patrons.
I encourage you to visit and try for yourself. My favorite hand-drip coffees: Brazil & Kenya.