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A while ago we did a video about our Favorite Korean Coffee Shop in Seoul. Since then we’ve been to many many coffee shops in search of new unique and comfy hang out spots. We honestly spend a good chunk of our lives in coffee shops as we love to edit our movies in a bustling artsy atmosphere. Also because we’re just artsy fartsy people…who spend most of their time in coffee shops. Anyhow, we’d like to talk more about these shops, since they’re such a big part of our living in Korea.

What we want to say about Coffee in Korea, first of all, is that things are different here from what we’re used to. Back when we were in University, we would spend hours at our local Starbucks in Toronto. They had a chill atmosphere, with comfortable couches and fireplaces and decent music. We’d bring our books and laptops and work and study there with other local students until it closed.

Here in Korea, though, the major chain coffee shops aren’t the same. They’re crowded– a looooot more crowded. Chairs and tables are crammed together so as to fit as many people in there as possible. They’re not comfortable, and – unfortunately – the coffee is different here as well.

To begin with, you can’t really get a plain cheap “coffee.” Drip coffee is both uncommon and expensive. Only Starbucks and some Dunkin Donuts serve drip coffee, but because it’s not popular, it’s usually old or really reallllly weak. I’m talking, transparent coffee. If you want hand dripped coffee you can find it, but it’ll cost you: around $5.00 – $6.00 for a teacup of coffee. Hand dripped coffee is delicious at the right location, but it’s finished quickly and too expensive to get a second cup.

The drink of choice in Korea is Americanos (espresso + hot/iced water). It’s almost the only thing most Koreans order, so in Martina’s personal opinion (she is actually a trained coffee shop barista) the other Espresso based drinks are neglected. Milk is steamed without a thermometer (horror!!!!) and the foam is so airy that it goes flat faster than a soufflé on a trampoline. Did we also mention the price? Espresso based drinks begin at $4.00 and go up to $6.50, so it really upsets me to get a cappuccino made with no foam. So how can you find a good coffee shop in Korea?

You’ve got to head to the indie coffee shops instead. From what we’ve noticed, the people working there are really obsessed with coffee and it’s been their dream to open up a good shop. The ones that aren’t part of a big corporation are run by people passionate about coffee. That’s where you’ll get the good stuff. And, what’s more, these indie coffee shops have such a cool vibe that we’ll gladly sit at them for hours.

Today we’re introducing one of our favorite indie coffee shops. It’s right here in Bucheon (woot woot!) and we hope you come check it out. It’s Bucheon’s Café Lua, and it rocks


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It’s sandwiched between Bucheon City Hall and Central Park. You’ll see apartments on the corner, and Café Lua will be on the first floor. If you’d like, call them at 032-326-2241. Yeah!

In the future, we plan on highlighting a few other shops that we like as well. If you have any coffee shops you think we should check out, please let us know! We get all dorky excited over stuff like this! Thanks go out again to JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* for the Korean subtitle translations! Bless em!

Oh, and since some people have asked for the music for our videos, here’s the link to the song for this video, if you’re interested:
Cafe Lua by simonandmartina

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  1. Hi, the editing of this video just impressed me. Great great job. It wasnt edited by someone like a maaan!! it was edited by someone like a PRO!!. Greetings from Venezuela…

  2. That drink they were making looked really good…if anyone is reading this later, I’m sorry if I end up writing something stupid, I’m a bit out of it from lack of sleep….-_-

  3. thank you so much for this post! i’m going to south korea in april (for holidays!) and coming from melbourne (australia) and being a coffee snob (unfortunately…) i was pretty worried when i heard my friends’ stories about the lack of different coffee in seoul/south korea!! but this post has restored my faith back (in finding that decent cup of coffee in south korea)

    i’m actually crawling through korean food video section to do my ‘research’ on what to eat when i’m there! thanks a bunch guys! keep up the great work :)

  4. They've got coffee makers here, and coffee presses as well if you're into that (we are). So, no! You can save that luggage space for something better :D

  5. Thanks Christian! Glad you like our vids. As for your questions:

    1) We do them manually. Watch the video, listen to a line, pause the video, go to text editor, write out the line, go back to video, rinse, repeat. It's boring. Reaaaallly boring.
    2) Someone else just asked about that recently. I think once we get some of our bigger projects out of the way we'll do a video about our workflow and such. Yeah! We use Final Cut Pro now for most of our projects, fyi, and it's been a pain to learn. Ahhh!

    • Yeah, we know about Lynda. Unfortunately, we're not really good learners like that. We get bored really easily. We're more like "hey lets push all the buttons on this program and see what they do. Oh god! That deleted everything! Undo undo! Ooh what's this button do? Oh, that's cool." We usually Google something if there's an effect we want that we can't recreate through blindly pushing buttons. Otherwise, we just learn through trial and error.

  6. The closest subway stop is Songnae Station, on line 1. You can't walk from there, though, because it'll probably take you too long. From Songnae you can take a bus in the second loop that goes to Hyundai Department Store. Get off at the park, which is the stop before Hyundai Department Store. Walk around the edge of the park towards City Hall. You'll see Café Lua on the bottom floor of the apartments beside City Hall.

    Or, if you're afraid to get lost on the bus (because it can be confusing) get in a taxi from Songnae and ask for Bucheon City Hall and Central Park. They'll drop you off in front of the coffee shop. It'll cost 2,600 won or so for the ride :D

  7. Are those keyboard stickers on Martina's Mac? Do they make them specifically for Macs?

  8. I'm trying to think of a way of doing so. Hmmm…

  9. They're not Brazilian. They're Korean. Makes me wonder why they chose the name as well…

  10. Well, Simon had one in his classroom that he bought for 30,000 won or so. It wasn't great coffee, but it was good enough to get by.

  11. Cool! Thanks for the compliment :D

  12. Glad you liked the music. We actually made it in Garageband :D

  13. Yes, we do ask the owner. The people were a bit uncomfortable with us filming behind the cash, but they got used to us after a while :D

  14. Jasmine, that sounds like a freaking awesome idea for a blog. Please let us know when it's up. We'd love to check it out :D

  15. A Barista hagwon? That sounds freaking awesome! I definitely want to check that out. Thanks!

  16. Thanks you two! Glad you like what we're doing :D

  17. I totally agree! I never wanted to go there like crowded and loud coffee shops.
    There was my favorite coffee shop right in front of my workplace(in Busan). That was also indie shop.
    There was always good music. And coffee was cheap as well. The most expensive one was only 3500 won.
    I really miss it!!!!!!!

  18. this is nice guys. I hope i get to visit Korea someday? Do you guys live there permanently?

  19. Oh gosh that place totally looks like Heaven. Home made coffee and waffles? Omg. I so wanna hop on a plane to Korea right now and go get me some. The place looks amazing and reminds me of "The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince" haha. That's what I first thought of when seeing it. But looks great!! If I lived there I would be a regular for sure and I haven't even tasted anything haha. Just hearing that it's all home made sold me.

    • You know, it's funny you mention Coffee Prince, because this coffee shop actually is related to Coffee Prince a bit. One of the original baristas from Coffee Prince is an advisor for this shop. Cool, eh?

  20. that was a really nice video… all the drinks look yummy and the shop looks awesome!

  21. Hi guys, no problem. You sent me to the Kpop Music Mondays Request form, I’m sure you meant your contact form. Anyway I’m sending you an email so you’ll have my email address.

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