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    Brewing Coffee in South Korea

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    G'day from Seoul, South Korea.

    Since moving to Korea, I have almost needed a mortgage to pay for my coffee consumption. Koreans drink a lot of coffee and I would suspect that they drink more coffee than Australians. Although Koreans are attracted to large 24/7 franchised style stores (like starbucks), independent stores are popping up around the place, which tend to roast their own beans. The issue for me is, coffee is so damn expensive here, costing around $A4.50 to $A7.30 for a latte. Also, the independent roasters dont normally open until midday, which means I can't have a decent coffee in the morning.

    So, can anyone recommend the best method that I could brew coffee at home that could replicate a similar taste to a piccolo/latte. I already own an espresso machine in Australia, but I am looking for something that is a little more portable and cost effective. I did some research and thought about buying an AreoPress and just adding warm milk. I know it's not ideal, but after all, I am in Asia I had a laugh.

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    Hello there,
    I have one of these here,call over and have a play with it and see how it suits.I'm just over in Wodonga and by your address you may be home for the break.
    Worth a look at.
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    Given lattes are anywhere from 2/3rd to 5/6ths milk I don't think you need to be all that picky as the dominate flavour will always be the milk.

    I'd go the aeropress plus a hand held milk frother. Cheap and simple.

    btw I'll be heading to Seoul-Myeongdong in April. I was keen to try local brews but I've read the popular cafe culture doesn't translate to good coffee/espressos. Is that what you've found?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulquemi View Post
    Hello there,
    I have one of these here,call over and have a play with it and see how it suits.I'm just over in Wodonga and by your address you may be home for the break.
    Worth a look at.
    cheers,
    mick.
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    Oh thanks for the offer mate! I guess I better update my profile as I am already living in Seoul .

    Quote Originally Posted by MrFreddofrog View Post
    Given lattes are anywhere from 2/3rd to 5/6ths milk I don't think you need to be all that picky as the dominate flavour will always be the milk.

    I'd go the aeropress plus a hand held milk frother. Cheap and simple.

    btw I'll be heading to Seoul-Myeongdong in April. I was keen to try local brews but I've read the popular cafe culture doesn't translate to good coffee/espressos. Is that what you've found?

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    I think I'll go with your suggestion. You'll find cafes on every corner in Korea. Some are 4 floors high, but most aren't much chop. On the other hand, there are plenty of independent roasters popping up, but you will have to research them or ask me I had a laugh. If you haven't been to Seoul before, you are going to love it!

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    Nope, never been, really looking forward to all the street food. We'll be doing lots of cafes but not for the coffee, more for the cats, dogs, raccoons, Sherlock, VR and a few more random ones my daughter has googled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFreddofrog View Post
    Nope, never been, really looking forward to all the street food. We'll be doing lots of cafes but not for the coffee, more for the cats, dogs, raccoons, Sherlock, VR and a few more random ones my daughter has googled.
    Hahahaha! Across from my house (Yeonnam), there is a goat cafe. I am still to work out if there are actual goats inside I had a laugh. Myeongdong is a great place for shopping and street food.

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    I'm not sure what you want to spend, but if I were in your position I'd buy a Bellman CX-25P. They're made in Taiwan and are readily available on eBay and Amazon if you can't find one locally in Korea. Just make sure you buy the 'P' version as the pressure gauge will make it easier to use. I've owned one in the past without a pressure gauge and managed to get good results from it, but ultimately wished I'd had the gauge so that I wasn't flying blind so to speak.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    I'm not sure what you want to spend, but if I were in your position I'd buy a Bellman CX-25P. They're made in Taiwan and are readily available on eBay and Amazon if you can't find one locally in Korea. Just make sure you buy the 'P' version as the pressure gauge will make it easier to use. I've owned one in the past without a pressure gauge and managed to get good results from it, but ultimately wished I'd had the gauge so that I wasn't flying blind so to speak.

    That looks perfect! A little out of my budget at the moment, but I'll see if I can find one cheap online or even 2nd hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFreddofrog View Post

    btw I'll be heading to Seoul-Myeongdong in April. I was keen to try local brews but I've read the popular cafe culture doesn't translate to good coffee/espressos. Is that what you've found?

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    I had some pretty decent coffees in Seoul. Language can be a bit of an issue but I used Foursquare to help find good non-chain coffee joints.



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