What separates Thesis from the countless other coffee shops in the Gangnam area is their balance between serious coffee and delicious dessert drinks, making it an ideal spot for an after-dinner coffee. (It also helps that it’s across from some of the best pizza in Seoul at New York Brick Oven Pizza). Instead of the expected sugar bomb, their tiramisu latte was a pleasant surprise: only lightly sweet and made with actual mascarpone.
What really left an impression was the coffee brewing station in the middle of the cafe. At the front, there is a Fuji Royal grinder and pictures of the three brew methods available: Chemex, Aeropress or hand-drip. Behind the brew station is a number of Dutch coffee towers that produce a dark and chocolaty brew available hot, iced, or in latte form. While their roasting needs a bit of work, the atmosphere and the dessert are good reasons enough to visit Thesis.
Address: Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-daero, 102-gil, 32
T: 070-4904-9551, http://www.inspiringcoffee.kr
You can read more of Jay Steingold’s coffee writing at his blog, The Coffee Chaser.