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Hell Cafe – a classic, worth a visit

Visited many times but never had a chance to write it up, so off again to Hell Cafe, just a few steps down from the main strip in Itaewon.

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This place has a firm spot on many top lists and surely is very nice. The mix of raw concrete meets antique furniture meets 70s is charming. The huge speakers yell out an eclectic mix of piano classics, early Korean pop and other bits – always loud and often cool.

The coffee offering is broad and also includes a few pour over options. Only the Blend is on a menu, whereas single origins rotate and can include Guatemalan, Ethiopian and Indonesian options.

I went for the Guatemalan. For preparation, intuition is the boss. The filter was not washed out prior to meeting the grounds and there were no scales or timers nearby. But the pouring itself was meticulous and took the time it deserves, clearly a Barista with plenty experience. There was also a lot of energy going into pre-warming the cup.

The result was a great, chocolaty, burned caramel cup of coffee that I liked very much. Unfortunately the Latte we had on the side and the cheese cake stole the show a bit.

Hell Cafe is a great spot and worth checking out, despite being a little too intuitive to fully ensure consistency across cups.

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