Ediya Coffee, Starbucks, Hollys Coffee, and Angel-in-us are all easy to find around
Konkuk University. On top of these well-known coffee franchises, The Konkuk Bulletin wants to introduce you other excellent coffee and dessert stores that can only be found around KU: Coffee Ways, Café Armoire, OFF THE RECORD, and TAKEN COFFEE. This article includes the reporter’s personal comments.
1. Coffee Ways
Coffee Ways is kind of small compared to the other three cafes, but the small and quiet atmosphere makes the drinks more worthy and tasty. The reporter chose “Choco-Banana” and “Homemade Sweet Pumpkin Juice”. Compared to the other cafés which put crushed iced into it, Coffee Ways puts chunks of banana, so we can bite the pieces of bananas while drinking. With the mixture of chocolate and banana, it tastes very sugary, but it does not give us bad feeling.
The Homemade Sweet Pumpkin Juice was also tasty. It does not use puree, and the store trims the sweet pumpkin once a day. People can drink this juice for breakfast. This juice tasted like drinking watery and icy Pumpkin Porridge and you can choose the intensity of
2. Café Armoire
Café Armoire is famous for its unique interior design and dessert. The entrance is connected with a closet and when we open the closet, we can see the inside of the café. It is famous for its homemade milk tea and a cheese cake which looks just like real cheese.
Compared to other stores’ milk tea, “24 Milk Tea” (24 means the café ripens the leaves for 24hours and then brews them) was not that sweet but a little bit salty. Furthermore, the taste of black tea inside the milk tea was strong, so people who do not like black tea may avoid this menu item. “A cake like a real cheese cake” really looked like a cake from the animation “Tom and Jerry (1940~)”. The surface of the cake was coated with white chocolate, and the inside was a moist cheese cake.
3. OFF THE RECORD
The interior design of OFF THE RECORD (O.T.R) was small overall but comfortable and quiet, and the light was a little dark, too. What is special about O.T.R is that it sells alcohol at the coffee store. It is famous for its own mixture of coffee and cocktail, and the reporter chose “Kahlua Espresso Milk” for the cocktail. When the reporter tasted it, the sweetness of coffee and the bitterness of alcohol came together, making the drink like a premium coffee cocktail.
For the “O.T.R Cream Royal Mocha”, the layer of cream and coffee was well divided, making the coffee look tasty and extravagant. The cream is O.T.R’s own signature cream, so the coffee was more deep, clean, and sweet.
4. TAKEN COFFEE
When KU students think about the most representative cafés around KU, TAKEN COFFEE pops up first for the good price and the big size of the drinks. The reporter chose “Caramel Twix Frappe” and “Shot Coconut Latte” as its best menu items. The Caramel Twix Frappe consisted of caramel, hazelnuts, and java chip, and it was extremely sugary. The reporter wants to recommend this drink to people who are crazy for sugary and sweet drinks.
Shot Coconut Latte was less sweet than Caramel Twix Frappe. Just like the name of the drink, the smell of coconut was strong, but it was not overpowering. People who are sick of ordinary coffee can try unique kind of experience.
Do Hyo-young, Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
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