06 Jul Anthracite Coffee Roasters
Anthracite coffee in Hapjeong is located in one of the rare buildings that still has evidence of its past. Its balcony has a rusted loading crane and its doors are heavy sliding metal. All of their beautiful furniture is made from recycled houses and ships from Indonesia. The bar area itself is a wide open room with a small counter for paying, but otherwise wide open to the public with a large grate table for pourover and a view clear into the spacious roasting room. I love the transparency of it all, how you can see the beans being processed or smell the roast while your coffee is being made.
Their bakery selection was unusual enough to note. Chickpea cakes, thick banana bread, hearty carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and a vegan fruit cake: all of which are oddities in the bleached flour routine of Seoul. I would go back for the carrot cake alone so it’s an even bigger plus that they serve excellent coffee.
The mood of Anthracite is so effortlessly cool and casual. I can’t imagine it will be nearly as comfortable in Winter, but for the summer the stone flooring and bare concrete walls are wonderful. Since the location is a little off the main street of Hapjeong, you’ll probably want to get something iced. While I wasn’t impressed with the whole beans I bought, I really enjoyed their Butterfat Trio Blend. It’s truly one of the best blends I have had because it is all based around the mouthfeel. After trying several of their coffees, I think Anthracite roasts on the darker side, but I love the idea of building blends on texture because often dark roasted coffees just taste nutty or chocolaty so what you get is a strong and luxuriously smooth cup.
Atmosphere: peaceful, cool, rustic
Beans: Roasted in house