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Time to fall in love with Busan coffee

Written and Photographed by Travel Writer Jung Ho-yoon

Time to fall in love with Busan coffee
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The fragrant coffee that soothes our daily lives is now indispensable. October 1st is also International Coffee Day, designated by the International Coffee Organization. As such, coffee has become a special culture connecting the world as one. When it comes to ‘coffee,’ Busan is also indispensable because coffee beans from all coffee-producing regions in the world come through the Port of Busan and move across the country. As a result, Busan accounts for 95% of Korea's coffee traffic! Thanks to this, Busan is also the place where you can taste the freshest coffee beans.

Busan is well-known as a place where you can experience coffee healing with excellent natural scenery. A place where specialties and small brands coexist as well as the International Coffee Museum. Immerse yourself in the charm of Busan, the coffee city where the Global Coffee Festival is held.
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The International Coffee Museum

The old Busanjin Station, where trains no longer stop, has been transformed into a 'Cultural Platform Citizen's Yard' where various cultural programs and special performances are held for citizens through remodeling. Behind the warm pink building is a dense train track and the vast Port of Busan.
On the first floor of the building, there is a special space called ‘The International Coffee Museum.’ About 2000 coffee machines from all over the world are on display, so you can see the history of coffee machines around the world in one place.

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This is a space where a variety of coffee equipment, carefully collected by a coffee lover, is displayed with detailed explanations. It is an exhibition that helps give a broader understanding of the history and culture of coffee. If you apply for a 'Docent Experience' where you can listen to unique episodes together, and you can enjoy the exhibition even more. There is also a one-day class where you can experience coffee extraction and even drink it. It will be a special experience that is not easily accessible as you can watch the brewing using various coffee equipment such as siphon, percolator, biggin, Turkish, and moka pot.
The Cultural Platform Citizen's Yard lights up at 6 pm and becomes a beautiful location wher you can enjoy the sunset. It would be nice to take a stroll after visiting the International Coffee Museum.


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1st Global Yeongdo Coffee Festival & Yeongdo Coffee-Specialized Street

In Yeongdo, one of Busan's coffee hot spots, a special coffee festival will be held in November. The Yeongdo Coffee Festival, which marks its 3rd anniversary this year following 2019 and 2021, is named 'Global' and has a much larger scale than before: 8 coffee producing countries, 2 major farm owners, 80 coffee industry companies, and 120 booths will participate. As a participatory coffee festival for residents, free coffee tasting and various hands-on events will be held, so it would be good to visit Amir Park in front of the Korea National Maritime Museum from November 4th to 6th.

A coffee-specialized street is being built in the 600m section of Bongnaenaru-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, attracting coffee enthusiasts: Blueport 2021, an exhibition and cultural space, Mumyeong Diary, a complex cultural space converted from an abandoned factory, and Momos Roastery & Coffee Bar, where you can see the entire coffee-making process. It will provide safety and convenience to pedestrians by reducing the width of the road and expanding the sidewalk, as well as installing sculptures with various designs to provide attractions, so you can look forward to Busan's new hot coffee place.


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Momos Roastery & Coffee Bar

It is a cafe where you can see at a glance the process of coffee making: storing coffee beans, roasting, and packing. It is also represented by Barista Jeon Ju-yeon, the first Korean winner of the 2019 World Barista Championship. Inside the cafe, which was built by renovating the dock, you can fully observe and appreciate the process of storing green beans, roasting beans, and brewing coffee.
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The 1:1 service, the biggest strength of Momos Coffee, is also unique. The barista in charge will give you detailed explanations while brewing the coffee, and you will be able to share some interesting stories. It can be an excellent time to satisfy your curiosity about coffee. The operation method of Momos, which proposes various ways to enjoy coffee beyond the limitations of existing cafes, seems to become another culture. You can purchase special Momos coffee that you can taste only in Busan, coffee beans, and goods you like as souvenirs, so it would be good to shop with a cup of coffee.


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Blackup Coffee Eulsukdo Branch

Blackup Coffee, Busan's must-visit cafe for coffee lovers, offers a variety of hand-drip coffee and unique drinks. In particular, the Eulsukdo branch has a beautiful garden with Pink Muhly grass, so it is good for taking pictures with coffee. The interior with wide windows also feels nice. You can enjoy hand-drip coffee while sitting at the bar and purchase your favorite coffee beans.

Blackup Coffee's signature menu is 'Sea Salt Coffee,' with sweet cream on top of a cold brew sprinkled with salt. You can drink it straight away without stirring the cream, and the soft texture is excellent. The sweetness is felt first, followed by the savory taste. Finally, the salty taste follows. The salty taste reminiscent of the Busan sea is attractive. You can immerse yourself in the charm of Busan coffee by adding the beautiful scenery of Eulsukdo to the special taste of coffee.

Overview
  • Address

    The International Coffee Museum: 380, Jungang-daero, Dong-gu, Busan (Jwacheon-dong, former Busanjin Station)
    Blackup Coffee Eulsukdo Branch: 30, Nakdongnam-ro 1233beon-gil, Saha-gu, Busan
    Momos Roastery & Coffee Bar: 160, Bongnaenaru-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan
  • Inquiry

    The International Coffee Museum: +82-507-1324-9760
    Blackup Coffee Eulsukdo Branch: +82-51-203-7791
    Momos Roastery & Coffee Bar: +82-70-5129-0184
  • Closing Dates

    The International Coffee Museum: Monday
    Blackup Coffee Eulsukdo Branch: Open all year round
    Momos Roastery & Coffee Bar: on the day of the holiday
  • Hours

    The International Coffee Museum: Tuesday-Sunday 11:00-18:00 (last admission 17:30)
    Blackup Coffee Eulsukdo Branch: 10:00-22:00 every day
    Momos Roastery & Coffee Bar: 09:00-18:00 every day
  • Service Fees

    The International Coffee Museum: Free
    Blackup Coffee Eulsukdo Branch, Momos Roastery & Coffee Bar: Varies by menu
  • Traffic Information

    The International Coffee Museum
    2 minutes walk from Exit 8 of Busanjin station on Busan Metro Line 1
    Parking: Busanjin Station public parking lot

    Blackup Coffee Eulsukdo Branch
    Exit 3 of Hadan station on Busan Metro Line 1→ Transfer to Bus 58-2, 3, 168, 55, 58, 520 at Hadan Station bus stop
    → Get off at Eulsukdo bus stop and walk for 6 minutes
    Parking: Blackup Coffee Eulsukdo Branch Parking lot

    Momos Roastery & Coffee Bar
    Exit 7 of Busan station on Busan Metro Line 1→ Transfer to Bus 88-1 at Busan Station bus stop
    → Get off at Homeplus bus stop and walk for 6 minutes
    Parking: Momos Roastery & Coffee Bar Parking lot

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