Mr. Breeze Coffee is a franchise with some great tasting coffee. It tastes even better if it’s the first thing you’ve had all day. I visited the location at Yangjae station in Seoul while waiting for my friend to finish work.To give a little background, I had just arrived in Korea after 3 long years away. After figuring out a few necessities with simcards at the airport, I took the express bus direct to Yangjae station in Seoul. My friend was going to be late, and it was even more problematic that my phone was almost out of battery. Walking around a bit with my luggage I finally found Mr. Breeze Coffee.
Mr. Breeze Coffee at Yangjae station isn’t in the most romantic or scenic areas. It’s located next to a busy road that leads to Gangnam, in an alley next to a huge S-Oil gas station (Yangjae Station exit 8). I gave it a chance. Why? Well, the exterior was that intriguing. The patio was covered and looked extremely warm. It was winter…I don’t think I need to elaborate further. That idea alone, being able to drink coffee on a patio while people watching in a warm place was enough.
Stepping in I was pleased to find that it was cozy. Yes, cozy in this case means small but there were plenty of seats to choose from. People came in twos and I could see it was an ideal place to chat. It was quiet enough to have a conversation, and private enough to not overhear others’ conversations. The place was decorated with some random but focal pieces. The earthy tones were a big element in the feel with wood extending from the floor to the ceiling, and throughout each of the tables. Lighting was also on point and carefully selected.
I ordered an Americano and it was strong, smelled great, and robust. Everyone takes coffee differently, but to get the real taste I just get it black. No sugar, no milk, and that’s the only way I can drink it now. It did the job to fight the jetlag and lasted long enough to charge my phone. Compared to other cafes it was relatively cheap. A quick look at their website now tells me they source their beans from a few different areas, but mostly Kenya if I can read it properly.
Everyone should drop by Mr. Breeze at least once, especially if you’re looking for a change up from the coffee franchise giants like Café Benne and Starbucks.