VIDEO| Dewdrop’s coffee & baked goods hit the spot

Photos by ChiHon Kim
Photos by ChiHon Kim

VIDEO| Dewdrop’s coffee & baked goods hit the spot

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

If a great cup of coffee and fresh baked goods in a beautiful setting sounds like a luxury you’ve been missing, then Dewdrop in Pyeongtaek’s Anjeong-ri neighborhood is where you want to go.

This café is an excellent spot for a nice, relaxing chat over some caffeine with friends or even for a quick fix to go. You can find Dewdrop only a short and convenient 15-minute walk from Camp Humphreys’ walk-through gate.

This family-run shop operates on the belief that coffee is a beautiful object and treat it as such. Kim Bo-kyeong, the owner’s eldest daughter, studied at Le Cordon Bleu and is Dewdrop’s pastry chef. Kim Yon-ae, the youngest daughter, is the master roaster with seven years of coffee roasting experience. The two daughters’ skills complement each other beautifully in the drink and dessert menu. The family’s talent doesn’t end there, as the impressive building and interior was designed by their mother, an architect.

The café is tucked away from the busy streets, which allows it to maintain a relaxing atmosphere. Simultaneously, the two-story interior and rooftop provide plenty of room and seating options for patrons to enjoy quiet time.

On a late evening visit, friends and I were delighted to spend some time enjoying the cozy atmosphere Dewdrop offers amongst its impressive modern decor.


Einspanner (Cafe Vienna)

On my first visit, I went for the java chip chocolate frappe for 6,800 won (or $5.65) after long deliberation. My friends went with a latte and a hot ginger lemon tea. My frappe was blended to perfection and just the right amount of sweetness. We enjoyed our drinks and our conversation so much that we stayed until closing time.

Since that visit, I’ve also been back to try their siphon coffee, a Dewdrop bestseller, and their sweet potato latte. The siphon coffee comes in two different options – Specialty Single Origin, roasted in-house with a pleasant taste and aroma, and House Blend, which is roasted in Seoul and offers a full-bodied and smooth cup.


Dewdrop chocolate cake

What makes this coffee unique is the brewing process. The coffee maker looks more like a mad scientist’s lab setup than a brewer. Coffee grounds brew through vapor pressure between two chambers in the siphon. The coffee extracted has more caffeine than what a regular drip coffee holds. I tried the Einspanner (Café Vienna), a sweet version of House Blend for 6,500 won. Siphon coffee takes a little longer than other coffee brewing, but you can call in advance so your delicious cup is ready when you are.


From left, java chip chocolate frappe, latte, ginger lemon tea.

And if the coffee hasn’t convinced you to visit Dewdrop, their desserts are sure to do the trick! They serve many different cakes, including Oreo and strawberry, but my favorite was the gooey chocolate cake for 6,800 won.

Check out the preservative-free bread and macarons made from high-quality ingredients and no artificial flavorings. The café also accepts cake orders for special occasions (two days in advance).

Dewdrop’s menu has many sweets and drink offerings, so I’m intent on trying as many as possible. I haven’t been disappointed so far. Give it a try next time you’re up for a quick walk and a relaxing time over a fantastic cup of coffee.

ADDRESS: 369-10 Anjeong-ri, Paengseong-eup, Pyeongtaek-si
Use Waze to drive to Dew Drop Coffee: https://waze.com/ul/hwyd67114m
Hours: Always open, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (weekend)
Information: https://www.facebook.com/dewdroproaster/, https://www.instagram.com/dewdrop_cafe/ 
031-651-1221

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