Coffee culture isn’t just a Euro or American thing, it’s hit Japan for sure, but also Korea. Where tea is often thought of as the hot beverage of choice, it’s slowly being crept upon by coffee. Part of the thanks might be a TV show. Balita.com writes: “A wildly popular 2007 TV series called The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, for example, has been widely credited for kickstarting the coffee craze in the country, as much of the drama unfolded in a coffee shop. The series was also dubbed over in Spanish and aired in countries like Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.”
Korean American Coffee houses are already evident and growing. Shops are appearing in Los Angeles over the last year or two boasting hand crafted coffees. Meanwhile, there’s been more appearances of coffee in Korean dramas and the coffee consumption is growing.