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Welcome to the `Republic of Coffee'

Plenty of people-watching is possible at one of the many cafes in the Jeonpo Cafe Street area of Jeonpo-dong (neighborhood).

 The average annual consumption of coffee in Korea is 512 cups per person. That is a lot of coffee. 

 For many modern Koreans, food can be optional but coffee is a must. It makes sense, then, that there are plenty of areas dedicated to coffee and, as a natural extension, cafe culture. It's far removed from the days here where pre-sweetened, freeze-dried coffee mix sachets were one's only option. This month, come with us as we visit several neighborhoods in Busan that have fully embraced this clever, caffeinated bean and given credence to the idea that this nation can now truly be called the "Republic of Coffee."

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