Opened by the professional barista Sang Ho Park, who is the 2013 United Kingdom Brewers Cup Champion (and placed 4th at the world tournament that year) and the 2015 UK Coffee in Good Spirits Champion (and placed 6th at the world tournament), Center Coffee (센터커피) is another great addition to the coffee scene in Seoul. Having founded his own company, Spark Coffee Consulting, which is based in United Kingdom, he decided to expand his business to Asia and opened Center Coffee in Seoul. Here’s an excerpt from their website explaining about their philosophy:
Let’s meet for coffee
This is a phrase we often use when we meet people.
With this phrase, we at Center Coffee don’t just regard coffee as a beverage.
We think a cup of coffee helps shred awkwardness, enables us to share ideas,
and acts as a bridge to connect people.
So we want to share diverse stories through coffee.
To enlighten what good coffee truly is.
Who produced it, where, how it was cultivated, and how it was roasted.
To share the passion that motivates us to showcase the best flavours coffees can have.
Most importantly, sharing the various experiences you can have with coffee.
The cafe itself has two floors. The first floor is where you order your drinks and the second floor has seating area as well as patio where you can seat outside when the weather is nice. Center Coffee has a nice range of coffee selections with unique brewing techniques which coffee aficionado will appreciate. The cafe was pretty quiet the day I went to visit. A couple of people were there, but they were either reading/studying or talking amongst themselves with low voices. I, too, quietly drank my chocolate while looking out through the window enjoying the sky changing colors from blue to orange and enjoyed my time there.
Center Coffee • 센터커피
Address: 서울 성동구 서울숲2길 28-11
Hours: 10.00 - 21.00 Tuesday - Sunday | Closed on Mondays