Half way up to the Grand Hyatt in 경리단길 we went to check out a cafe opened by the brother of a Korean actor: Everything but the hero.
Naver maps link: Everything but the hero
They roast in a lab right next door from the cafe, and you can smell the freshly roasted beans from a few houses away already. The inside is really nicely designed and you also get a nice view of Namsan.
The coffee selection is extensive (but very pricey even for pour-over standards):
Preparation was a bit of a mixed bag, but more on the ‘not so great’ side. Whereas beans were weighed, there was no pre-wetting of the filter or other gear. Also no scale or timer nearby. But technique was patient and took the time the coffee deserved.
As a result, the Yirgachefe was very mild, yet had a nice flowery note – a little too mild for my taste, though.
Overall the cafe is definitely a nice hang out, but at least during this visit they couldn’t fully convince on the hand-drip side – especially not at their current prices.
Tip: see our map page for nearby alternatives!