Christmas in Seoul | Ginger Lattes | Stollen and Snow | Coffee Montage Roastery

2017 is coming to an end and with its farewell we also say goodbye to sunshine and outdoorsy days in South Korea. It’s been beautiful to witness the landscape transform in to a winter wonderland. As I have mentioned previously, winter is usually one of fun in the sun for me. My home town is along the coast of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. With, the Indian Ocean running past it, we enjoy beautiful moderate weather.

December saw me wrapping up my first year in Korea, changing jobs as well as planning a trip to Vietnam. I felt homesick despite the environment not conjuring up the usually ‘Christmasy feel’ I get. So, I decided to embrace December in all of its frostiness and enjoy the wonderland on offer during Koreas winter. Here is how…

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Women in Coffee – Interview with Paulina Miczka, 2017 World AeroPress Champion

Women in Coffee – Interview with Paulina Miczka, 2017 World AeroPress Champion

The 2017 World AeroPress Chamionship set a new record, with close to sixty contestants from around the globe at Cafe Alver in Gangnam, Seoul. Click the Youtube video below to watch the event and interviews with the AeroPress event Organisers.

Seoul, the host city of the 2017 World Barista Championship, was absolutely buzzing with caffeine and coffee aficionados. The Seoul Cafe Show took place at the same time and the who’s who of the industry all flew in for the weekend. People like Sasa Sestic, former World barista champion, Hidenori Izaki and many others could be spotted roaming around the Show.

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World Aeropress Championship | Ticket Giveaway

Photo by: @aryanjoshani

MANY friends and colleagues around me are beyond excited for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics… Don’t get me wrong, that is massively exciting, but right now what is really lighting my olympic flame so to speak is a competition and international challenge of a different format…The olympics of coffee is here.

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추석 핫플레이스 Chuseok Seoul Staycation – What Hot Cafes Will Be Open?


This year’s Korean thanksgiving vacation, Chuseok, has landed somewhat perfectly on the lunar calendar, resulting in a 10 day vacation for most. Usually this vacation lasts 3 days. Many of us (myself included) have not booked luxurious vacations abroad and will most likely be staying in Korea for this vacation. If you were lucky enough to get an airfare ticket that won’t break the bank, good for you!! Airfare skyrockets (pun intended) during this holiday season. What is my plan for Chuseok? I will be having a vacation in South Korea… A ‘STAYcation”. I have family coming to visit me from South Africa and I’m BEYOND excited.

So, I did some scouting around and contacted some of my favourite hot spots (핫플레이스) in Seoul to see who will be open during the extended Chuseok vacation. Below is a list of places

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Seoul’s 5 Hot Hanok Cafes – 한옥 카페

If you love learning about new cultures, chances are you will love Hanok, a Korean traditional style architecture. Why are Hanoks so intriguing and beautiful? This style of architecture gives thought to nature and its surroundings. They are known for having an eco-friendly function and healing effects.

Raw materials such as timber, oil and rock are used in the construction of Hanok. Hanok’s have their own tiled roofs (Giwa), wooden beams and stone-block construction. Cheoma is the edge of Hanok’s curvy roofs.

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Seoul’s 5 Best Summer Chill Cafes’

Summer in South Korea is a time when a lot of us feel overwhelmed by the humidity and want to hide away at home, shaded away from the heat. Fortunately for you, Seoul is PACKED with great cafes perfect to chill in this summer. I scouted around over the last month (or more) to find my 5 favourite summer chill cafes. Ranging from aircons blasting to rooftop bars, you will definitely find good interiors, good coffee and good vibes at these cafes.

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Cape Town | Two Must Visit Cafes |

Hello lovely Byrds!

Today I thought I would share my two must visit cafes in Cape Town. Today is May 25th, Africa Day! Africa is the home of coffee and some pretty amazing cafes! Cape Town, aka, the Mother City sure raised some great cafe kids. Skinny Legs Cafe and Rosetta Roastery & Cafe are two must visits!

Watch the video below to see more about my fun time visiting both of these cafes.

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Foodie Day in Suwon / Cake and History

 

A slice of cake with a slice of history

What was meant to only be one cup of coffee turned into a foodie exploration of Suwon, South Korea. Coffee and sumptuous cake with the most AMAZING views ever of the Hwaseong Fortress (Unesco World Heritage Sight), followed by deliciously cheesy pizza and a beer.

First stop in Suwon, Cafe One More…

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Seoul Spring Blossoms/ Rose Mojitos / Bongeunsa Temple

Yay yay It’s FINALLY spring in South Korea. I arrived in Korea at the beginning of winter and my immune system went on strike. I’ve been so sick with all sorts of horrible things (Tinnitus, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis etc!) Thankfully I’m on the mend and this weekend was time for me to venture out in to the sunshine and smell the sweet aroma of newly blossomed blooms. After walking around Bongeunsa Temple, I opted for cake for brunch (obviously) and a delicious spring inspired beverage.

Watch the blog below to see all of the fun and beauty.

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