Ediya Coffee

I’ve seen many Ediya Coffee stores around, almost as frequently as I have seen Paris Baguette and Angel-in-us Coffee. My friend first pointed this café chain out for all its delicious-looking iced beverages in summer (which I, unfortunately, didn’t get to try), but I finally cleared this café from my list in winter!

According to its Wiki page:

Ediya Coffee is a coffeehouse chain based in South Korea. As of 2013, the chain has over 1,000 retail stores in South Korea. Ediya opened the 1st Shop in front of Chung-Ang University in 2001. In September 2016, According to the reports, Ediya Coffee opened its 2,000th shop in Singal in Yongin.

I tried the store in Myeongdong on a blustery winter morning. I still remember that day vividly – we were trying to find an Isaac Toast outlet to have breakfast, failed to find one, wandered around aimlessly in the cold, and finally dashed into an Ediya Coffee store to escape the cold.

I had the white chocolate mocha (3200 won) and the Croque Monsieur (bagel eaten by someone else). While I can’t seem to find the prices on their website, I managed to dig out a short description of each item:

Croque Monsieur: Classic French sandwiches. Grilled or fried with slices of ham and cheese on. Perfect substitution for a meal.

Hot white chocolate mocha: Espresso with white chocolate sauce and steamed milk. Topped with sweetened whipped cream. Elegant and creamy taste.

I thought the sandwich was pretty normal – much like any other ham & cheese sandwich out there. I definitely enjoyed the cheese, but it was a real pity that the sandwich wasn’t exactly served as piping hot as I would have expected.

The white chocolate mocha, though, was a nice surprise. I loved the whipped cream, and the mocha was absolutely delicious. It wasn’t overly sweet, and I finished the whole cup in less than 5 minutes. I do think, however, that you have to drink this in winter to fully appreciate how great a cup of this mocha can taste. If you’re planning to try this out in hotter temperatures, you’ll be happy to know that they served this iced as well.

In general, Ediya Coffee’s beverage offerings are definitely the highlight, while their pastries take a backseat. Not the best place to go to if you’re looking to grab something more substantial to eat, but their coffee is definitely worth trying.

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