Espressamente Daegu

15 11 2009

I live in Taebaek. Seoul is 3-4 hours away. Chuncheon, our provincial capital is about 3 hours away. Daegu, 3rd largest Korean city is about 3 hours away. Taebaek is the middle of nowhere.

Sometimes we need to get away and have our dose of western goodness. These days we are turning to Daegu more. Why? Its closer than Seoul, we can drive there, its like “mini Seoul” and it has Costco.

Major added bonus is this place.

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Espressamente Illy, Daegu

We’ve been going to Daegu for a few years now, and about a year ago discovered Espressamente Illy. Think of one of the most modern and funkiest coffee shops anywhere in the world, then put it in downtown Daegu. Its an amazing place. I know Illy associate themselves with design and fashion and this place is no exception.

Espressamente Illy, Daegu

Delicious delicious coffee’s, amazing cakes, awesome sandwiches. Hard to beat (actually there is one place better, but its in Seoul).

Espressamente Illy, Daegu

Espressamente Illy, Daegu

We usually go for breakfast. Korean breakfasts are usually nothing flash. Rice, Kimchee and Soup. Other alternatives are opening up, Dunkin Donuts, Macdonalds etc, but they can’t compare with first rate food like this

Espressamente Illy, Daegu

Yes, its expensive, but so is every coffee shop in Korea. What you see above was W19,000 and worth every individual won. Its perfect coffee with the milk steamed to perfection, the sandwiches are freshly made, with (by Korean standards hard to find) fresh ingredients.

Enjoy

Espressamente Illy, Daegu





Coffee time

6 07 2009

Its been a few days since a post as I’ve been more than busy enough (amazing but true).

So, its time for a coffee break!

First, a nice espreesso. In Shanghai no less. Delicious.

Illy Coffee, Shanghai style

But, where does this bean I so love come from? This is coffee, straight from the plant, drying out in the sun, in this case in Laos.

Coffee cherries, Lao style

The farmers take these cherries and process them. Not in a factory but on the side of the road. (Vietnam in this case)

Vietnamese Coffee Farmers

Vietnamese Coffee Farmers

Then, its off for sale in the local markets. (Laos again)

Lao coffee sellers

Geez, now I feel like a coffee, vietnamese style I think.