Cafe Review: Coffee Conhas

One of the reasons I started this blog was to help people, especially tourists and expats, find good coffee in Seoul. As a foreigner living in Seoul, I understand the difficulties in finding places and figuring out the various map apps. Daum and Naver maps are probably the most useful in finding a location but unless you can read and write basic Korean, they are a little tricky to use. Google maps, while overall pretty helpful can be buggy and often doesn't have what you are looking for. The other problem is that since most people use Daum and Naver, google maps is the last to get updated with any sort of new information. The turnover rate for new stores and cafes is pretty high so the information isn't always accurate. With that being said, getting lost is part of the journey to making great discoveries. My hope is that I get lost so that you don't have to.

Coffee Conhas captures exploration in its very structure and has instantly become one of my favorite cafes in Seoul. The outside of the cafe is immediately recognizable as it is made up of shipping containers stacked on top of each other, not something you see every day. The inside of the cafe is just as unique as the outside, with a mix of areas to sit and numerous staircases that lead to various parts of the building. Remarkably, after you order your coffee you can just wander off to any part of the cafe and they know where to bring your coffee. Impressive.

I highly recommend the hand drip here. Because I'm so indecisive I usually ask the barista what they recommend. The barista recommended the Indonesia java malabar MT, so I went with that. He also asked if I wanted it dark, medium or light. I'm not sure if he meant the darkness of the beans or the overall strength of the coffee. I went with the recommended medium and the result was a cup of amazing hand drip. They had a slayer espresso machine, so I'm sure their espresso based drinks are also good.

There are two unique things about the menu that I noticed later on. The first is that it is about 2,000 won cheaper to take out. This means that the hand drip is about 3,000 - 3,500 won if you take out, compared to the regular 5,000 - 5,500 won price. This is a real bargain in Seoul and I have yet to see such a low price for such high quality coffee. This also means that you are paying 2,000 won to experience their cafe but I have absolutely no complaints with that. Its a smart bit of business since the place probably gets packed on the weekends but they still want people coming for good coffee.

The other really interesting about the menu is that it does not list the americano. I mentioned before that the americano is probably the most popular drink in Korea, and leaving it off is making quite a statement. This is the first time I haven't seen it listed on a menu in Korea. I survived on drinking americanos in college so I have a soft spot for them but I know a lot of coffee experts who don't consider it as anything special. It is after all watered down espresso and I guess the thinking behind it is, why get an americano when you can get the full flavor in an espresso. I enjoy both depending on how I feel but I just thought that was an intriguing decision that I'm sure they get asked about a lot.

Coffee, service, and space are all on point here. I highly recommend them if you want great value for your money or a really unique coffee drinking experience.

More information on their locations and hours can't be found, so go visit!