Ok, let’s take a break from all the hyped-nasty stuff and talk about coffee.
Coffee is a huge hit here. So much so that when Canada’s national icon, Tim Hortons, came here, they decided against opening. I suspect it was due to the fierce competition that exists. When we lived in Seoul, we had not one but TWO major coffee chains in the first floor of our apartment building (Caffe Bene and Tom n Toms). within a one-block radio, there was 2 more major chains (Dunkin Donus and Yogerpresso). Add one more block heading towards the subway station and you can throw in yet another major coffee chain (Ediya). That means I can walk by 5 major coffee chains in a 3 minute walk to the train station! How the heck can you compete against that??
Then there are the coffee types themselves. See you can’t get a black coffee here, you can only get an ‘Americano’. Which is black coffee. The Koreans are genuinely shocked when I tell them they don’t call it Americano in America. “Really?” Oh I am so tempted to use that sheeple word again…..
And they also don’t use cream….ever. If you want a coffee with milk…well….watch this xtranormal video.
That pretty much sums it up nicely if you walk into a coffee shop and want to order a ‘regular’ coffee. Here there is a lot of self-serve, so if you want sugar in your coffee, you go to the self-serve stand, add in your own (they also have this cool liquid sugar, I find it mixes quick and better). Don’t even think about asking for a ‘double-double’, you’ll just be greeted with blank stares.