23 Apr Felt
Located in Sinchon, Felt Coffee occupies a pocket of menswear stores and other young businesses that are worth checking out. If coffee shops had sister shops I’d say Felt Coffee’s would be % Arabica in Kyoto, Japan. Felt Coffee has the flavor of minimalism that I love: white with wood accents and thought through down to the smallest detail. Even the white acaia coffee scales were recessed in the counter to maintain seamlessness. In case you are planning to stay at Felt Coffee for a while, it isn’t like many other Korean cafes in that it only has benches so you should leave your laptop at home. Despite the lack of long-term accommodation, the atmosphere was very friendly. They have a record player spinning David Bowie and The Velvet Underground and most of the customers looked like they were from the neighborhood, taking a walk or running errands when they decided to stop by.
The coffee at Felt coffee was nothing short of lovely. Their beautiful metal and white Slayer Espresso machine makes an incredibly clean shot. Their espresso was sweet and creamy down to the dregs and the shot mellowed very well in a latte. They didn’t have much in the way of specialty drinks, but the affogato made with Hongdae’s Fell + Cole Ice Cream will leave you wondering why they would put anything more on the menu. My only complaint is non-complaint: they have such a good espresso blend, but I wish they would have some single origin espresso options because I’m sure they would do it well. The coffee is incredibly cheap for korea: $3 for an espresso, $3.5 for a latte so you can’t lose no matter what drink you choose. Their whole beans were a bit on the expensive side, but I saw enough walk-ins buying beans that I’m sure to pick some up the next time I’m in the neighborhood.
Atmosphere: Friendly, neighborhood, Takeout
Beans: Roasted in Seoul
2-47 Seogang-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul
마포구 창전동 2-47