Thursday, August 17, 2017

Coffee Festival in Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do


Gangneung Coffee Festival held its first event in 2009 as part of project in making Gangneung, a city of coffee. The festival celebrates the emerging coffee culture of Gangneung-si, which in recent years has welcomed in famous coffee chains and artisan coffee shops. The festival celebrates the scenic city’s past and present culture with a variety of coffee-related events such as exhibitions, photo exhibitions, coffee-making and coffee bean-roasting experience programs. Coffee entrepreneurs can also sign up for on-site seminars about the coffee industry.


• Admission/Participation Fees: Free (Some programs may require a fee.)
• Period: 6th - 10th Oct 2017
• Address: 131, Nanseolheon-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
• Transportation:
From the Gangneung Intercity / Express Bus Terminal, take Bus 221. Get off at Anmok (안목, the last stop) and walk to the festival grounds (10-min walk).

Coffee Masters (a.k.a. First-generation baristas) in Gangneung



Bohemian is run by one of the first-generation barista, Park Yi Choo. He started coffee business in Seoul since 1988 and moved to Gangneung in 2000 to spread self-roasting coffee. You can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee brewed by the barista himself either in Yeongjin or Gyeongpo store.

“The most important thing is you need to make a coffee that you can drink in next 10 years or 20 years rather than following the coffee trend.”

Terarosa Café and Coffee Factory originally started as a factory supplying roasted coffee beans for cafes. This café and roasting factory offers nice brunch menu as well as coffee in a unique and refined atmosphere with sophiscated interior design.


Kim Yong Deok, the owner of Terarosa Café dreamed of cultural café. In Terarosa café, you can see many visitors reading books, writing or talking with others. Even Terarosa café hosts a small concert every year.

“Terra rossa means red clay soil in Portuguese and it is called as ‘a land of hope’ in Brazil. It’s important to build coffee culture, that’s why I decided to create cultural space together with a coffee factory.”

Anmok Coffee Street
The street where visitors used to watch the ocean holding cups of coffee from vending machines slowly transformed into a coffee heaven attracting coffee chain stores and café owned by baristars. Each café in Anmok Coffee Street offers its own specialy coffee and dessert menus so there is a vast variety that you can choose from. Particularly, terrace seats facing the coastal line of the East Sea of Korea are popular among visitors. Furthermore, you can find coffee vending machines that started this coffee street in numerous spots.

• Address: Changhae-ro 17, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Anmok Beach)

Coffee Cupper Museum


This is a place where various and rare coffee relics from around the world are displayed. Visitors can see the history and culture of unique coffees from countries around the world and learn about,
understand and experience the world of coffee. Visitors can also visit the coffee farm where coffee
beans were grown and produced for the first Korean coffee for commercial purposes.

• Address: 2171-17, Wangsan-ro, Wangsan-myeon,
Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
• Operation Hour: 9:30-19:00
• Admission Fee: 5,000 KRW for adult/ 4,000 KRW for underage (4-19 years old)
• Program Fee: 10,000 KRW per program (Coffee roasting, Hand-dripping, Espresso Extraction, Planting activity, Chocolate activity)

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