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Beansbins Coffee

Great design, slow service.

I first heard of Beansbins Coffee in a Korean Coffee Guide to Seoul called “Hip Cafe” It was one of those places that I put on my list to check out. It looked cool and had beans for sale, I guess bins of them, hence the title. I was shocked and a little happy to see a hip cafe like that come to Ulsan, especially in the Babo Sa-geo-ri area. The cafe is enormous and extremely well designed. It has everything you’d want in a cafe, except for one glaring detail, the staff.

After running a cafe in one of the most caffeinated cities in the world, if there is one thing I know, it is how to get coffee out to the customer. Unfortunately, on my first few visits to Beans Bins, I found the staff to be a bit confused and the service extremely slow. During a meeting for the up coming Inferno, we found ourselves waiting almost an hour for some drinks. That was probably a mistake and that happens sometimes but when I looked at the staff organization, there were huge faults. There were 5 staff members behind the bar but only two doing actual work.

At any rate, I found their espresso to be lively and their beans to be fresh. Most of the time I pick a bag of their Yirgacheffe and am usually pleased with the flavours. The rest of the cafe is par for the course for Korean cafes and nothing really noteworthy to mention. If you have time to kill and want a great place to hang out and chill while you wait for your coffee, Beans Bins is your place.

Located at the end of Babo Sa-geo-ri in Mugeo Dong. It is located on the same street as “Cream Beer” and “3 Pigs” both favorites of the Ulsan Online staff. There is a decent internet connection and larger tables can be found on the 3rd floor.

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