Dukes Coffee Roasters at Flinders Lane remains as one of my favourite places in Melbourne – the city of coffee.
It was a conversation with the barista (in the Sydney branch) who thought I was Korean, that led me to learn that Dukes has opened a branch in Seoul itself. Not many people know about that.
Of course I needed to put this somewhere in my South Korea itinerary.
Seoul is pretty much peppered with coffee chains of all kinds, and it is not difficult to find a Paris Baguette, A Twosome Place and Ediya Coffee somewhere around.
However, Australian-style cafes are still considered a dim in the dozen.
Dukes Coffee Showroom is located at Mapo-gu, a moderate walking distance from the Hongdae university area.
The café is not that easy to find, hidden in one of the back alleys and you may just walk past it without realising.
Look out for the sign with a paper cup at the stairs leading to the entrance. (That may be blocked by a vehicle though.)
Dukes is an Australian based specialty coffee roasting company, which sources the best beans from around the world, and roasts them using innovative and methodic practices.
The space in the Seoul outlet is not huge, and can possibly accommodate about 4 to 5 coffee drinkers at the counter, while most people I saw order takeaways.
For the basic menu, you get a choice of black, white, or chocolate, priced at KRW5,000 (SGD5.79).
Their coffee is typically known to be bold, vibrant, yet balanced. One drink and you would know the difference.
There are also a couple of rotation choices of single origins, which you could converse with the barista for your preference.
The baristas are friendly and speak English, and there are also printed cards to indicate the origin, profiles and brewing method of the coffee.
Dukes Coffee Showroom is not a big space and difficult to find. However, if you are looking at one of the best coffee available in Seoul, then maybe it is time to search for the place.
Dukes Coffee Showroom 듁스커피
24-11, Dangin-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울시 마포구 당인동 24-11
Tel: +82 02 333 2121
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 7pm (Sat – Sun)
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