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Scrumptious southern snacks, roasted coffee, and scenery[Slideshow] Café Ollae yo Coffee is a great spot to rest along Olle walking trail No. 7 in Seogwipo
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승인 2012.08.17  09:28:59
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Situated just off the south coast’s Olle trail No. 7 is an adorable café called Ollae yo Coffee, a quaint little place serving delicious drinks, scrumptious snacks, and a dazzling ocean view. Opening doors in June 2009, café owner Min Kyung Chun dishes up a delicious experience as visitors take in the grandeur that is Seogwipo City’s coastline.

The menu offers the following assortment of beverages and delicious goodies: espresso, Americano, café latte, cappuccino, caramel mocha, caramel macchiato, café Vienna, hot chocolate, green tea latte, sweet potato latte, peach and lemon ice teas, lemon tea, blue lemonade, citron tea, green tea, fresh kiwi juice, tomato juice, strawberry juice, yogurt shakes, fruit smoothies, pretzels, buns, waffles, toast, and churros.

Min is particularly proud of her coffee. “I only use coffee beans roasted on Jeju,” she said. “I am sure that our coffee’s taste is the best, and I’m proud of that. I hope people visiting here would know that they are drinking the most delicious coffee in the world.”

In addition to drinks and snacks, customers can partake in making pottery organized and supervised by resident sculptor Ko Eun Young. Customers interested in pottery can purchase clay through Ko, and they are free to use her tools and guidance in creating their own masterpieces. Ko blasts customers’ work in her kiln and helps glaze them. This pottery experience varies in price depending on how much clay customers want, but it typically ranges from 10,000 won to 20,000 won and this should be paid for up front.

Ko has reserved a special place in the shop to keep customer projects that are in progress, and her work can be found throughout the shop as all of the plants reside in Ko’s pots. She also has a beautiful display of her work in the sculpting studio, and most of it is for sale.

Min is particularly proud of this sculpting program because it’s inexpensive and her café does not charge a lecture fee like other sculpting studios. Customers are free to come and go as they please, continuing their projects whenever their schedules permit.

“It’s a really special place because [the sculpting studio is] nestled in the middle of this coffee shop,” said Rebecka Louis, a regular customer that visits on average three to four times a week. “You have the flow of people that are intrigued by what you are doing in the center, and they are looking and are seeing the art that has been made and what you are working on currently. The women that work there are so friendly, easy going and warm, and they will just bring me things to eat. Even though there is a language barrier, we still connect with each other’s warmth and humor. It’s a wonderful way to spend a few hours several times a week.”

▲ Ms. Ko at work. Photo by Jessica Sicard

Ko, who gets the greatest pleasure from seeing customers pleased with their work, encourages people to visit Ollae yo Coffee for drinks and sculpting saying that, “sculpting is not very technical … People can enjoy it just as a hobby without the burden, and they can make it as they want and from their own ideas. So if [people] have time, they should come over, sculpt and enjoy drinking tea. People can make not only plates or cups but also tiles too.”

Before opening Ollae yo Coffee, Min, a Seogwipo native, spent 20 years on mainland Korea where she studied Korean food and worked as a chef. While she specialized in traditional Korean dishes, there was a special place in her heart for baking. Min returned to Seogwipo to marry her husband, whom she was introduced to by her aunt.

A fan of the Olle trails, Min’s first idea was to volunteer to build and maintain a restroom along Olle trail No. 7 as rest stops are limited along some of the courses. Before construction, her plans changed after generating some ideas with friends, and she decided to build a café instead that also provides Olle hikers with amenities like clean restrooms, a hot shower, and a place to settle down with a nice beverage. On June 4, 2012, Min opened a pension just down the street from Ollae yo Coffee called Ollae Resort. This beautiful pension also features magnificent views, a hip modern interior, and several potted plants with pots sculpted by Ko.

Ollae yo Coffee is a little ways off the beaten path, but it is worth the trip and possible to reach by walking south on the large boulevard by E-mart for approximately 15 minutes. Once reaching the next major street, Coffee yo Ollae is visible on the right. As there are almost no other establishments in the area, this little escape to heaven is hard to miss.

Ollae yo Coffee
590 Gangjeong-dong, Seogwipo City
Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
064-732-1122



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