As a big coffee drinker, had no idea Seoul was, in fact, the coffee capital of the world. Over 18000 coffee shops with 2-300 opening every month according the Korean Economic Daily.
We were never more than a couple of minutes away from a coffee shop and when you see one, you see three. Literally next to each other, all busy and most opening late into the evening till 10-11. And still busy then with young people socialising. And me.
Every coffee chain we tried - and there are so many we didn't get to all of them - was excellent. I loved Angel in Us (800 stores) ('coffee is God’s gift delivered by angels') because of the name and Coffee Bean because they had pistachio latte. Shame I didn't get a chance to go back and try it again. A Twosome Place (A coffee, Two of us, some dessert, place) is also good and the little snack we decided on at Tom n Toms turned out to be a massive but lovely dessert. We learnt early that Seoul is a dessert city and therefore my kind of city. Probably explains the late opening of coffee shops.
As always we got to as many indies as possible so didn't even get to any of the Hollys, Paris Bageute, Cafe Bene, Coffesmiths and Ediya. There are 100s of Starbucks too but there were American imports I was happy to see like Dunkin's Dognuts and Dean & Deluca but didn't spend anywhere near the time in those that I envisaged at the start. There is simply so much choice.
It turned out the only bad coffee was with our hotel breakfast but we forgave them when there are so many coffee shops to explore in Seoul.