24 Nov Five Extracts Coffee
Despite being in Hongdae, Five Extracts never gets the mention it deserves. This may be in part because the location is closer to Sangsu Station than Hongdae station, but I feel like good coffee is worth a little extra time. If Five Extract’s barista champion founder was hungry for an empire there is no doubt he would have made steps to have one. Instead, Five Extracts is a cozy cafe that roasts and brews with a level of excellent far beyond their casual interior.
The atmosphere of Five Extracts is that of a long afternoon spent lounging. Chill hip hop flows from an antique speaker system. Magazines and old books are stacked in cabinets and on tables. Their bathroom sink is an old mosaic well. It’s a social atmosphere, but a subdued one as nothing went much above a murmur. There is an unconcerned aesthetic that mixes African giraffe statues, old boom boxes and an assortment of beige modern furniture. The space feels cozy is a way that most newer coffee shops don’t and I think that is part of the reason why it stays relatively unknown.
The first couple of time I went to Five Extracts it was to try the espresso and time after time it was excellent. Since then I’ve branched out to some of their milk drinks, but both their espresso roast and single origin espresso had a depth of flavor well beyond anything you can get at a coffee chain. For quite some time I was sure it was the best in Seoul. As specialty coffee continues to grow in Korea, I get less and less sure about Five Extract’s top espresso spot, but it is safe to say that both their beans and espresso are excellent and considerably cheaper than some of the more popular specialty cafes.
Beans: Roasted in-house
55-12 Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
마포구 어울마당로 55-12