anthracite coffee

a coffee shop that is decidedly cooler than you ever will be

Anthracite is a home grown coffee roaster with cooler-than-you minimalist aesthetic cafés around Seoul that all live up to its name. They say the name comes from the idea of regeneration: the first location in Hapjeong had a former life as a shoe factory now reborn as a coffee factory. Each of the cafés embraces this intersection of familiar unfamiliarity, spaces meant to inspire and coffee meant to invite. Each location is unique to the structure it lives in, but the style is consistent: geometric lines, natural textures, organic greens, simple furnishing and ample light.

As for the coffee, it’s made with uncompromising care from roasting to brewing to serving. They keep things pretty simple with hand drip coffee, americanos and lattes, and a selection of teas and sweets (think: financiers, madeleines). Their branding and packaging is as sleek and earthy as the space — the perfect backdrop to people-watch and be seen in a peaceful escape from the urban bustle outside.

good to know

Go here for: coffee meetings, coffee and work sessions

Order this: check out their menu to pick out your perfect brew ranging from light to dark roasts (they have iced options too), paired with a sweet cake

Amount of time to spend: it’s a nice place to hang out for a morning or afternoon

When to come: anytime

Getting here: 

  • Hapjeong: the closest stations are Sangsu (line 6) and Hapjeong (line 2)
  • Seogyo: closest to Mangwon station (line 6)
  • Yeonjui: not super close to any subway stations, but Gajwa is probably closest.
  • Hannam: about the same distance from Itaewon and Hangangjin stations (line 6)

Other things to note: 

  • The Hannam location has a bunch of seating upstairs, both individual tables and communal ones, great for working.
  • They also sell beans by the bag, and cold brew by the bottle.

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: January 2021

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