Recently opened, Coffee Lab Express is a cool looking spot clad in bare grimy concrete, just big enough to accommodate a tiny bar and a line of people. Coffee Lab Express is an offshoot of a larger cafe and roastery a few blocks away in Hongdae. (Long review soon. Short review: it’s great).

The main shop, called Coffee Lab, opened in 2008 and is run by Bang Jong-Koo, an SCAE certified trainer and Korean Barista Champion, 2005. The Express store sells roasted coffee beans, branded cups, and a limited menu of coffee drinks at quite reasonable prices (espresso starts at 1500, with Americanos and milk drinks between 2000-3000 — a bargain considering typical prices in Korea).

I was in a hurry and just had time to order an espresso, which was served in a little demitasse sized paper take-out cup. Unfortunately it tasted a bit over extracted and unpleasantly bitter. I blurred out the main picture because I don’t want to get anyone in trouble with my comments. Don’t get me wrong though, this is a brand new location, so I’m sure they’ll be churning out perfect shots in no time. Don’t hesitate to give Coffee Lab Express a visit, I’ll be back, and at 1500KRW it’s worth trying.

Directions below.
Coffee Lab Express is on the road heading towards the entrance to Hongik University. Check out the map below.

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