SEOUL, May 19 (Korea Bizwire) — It is no news that Koreans love coffee, and they have currently found a new love for more diversified, exotic coffees, like Viennese coffee.
According to industry representatives on May 17, more and more major coffee chains in Korea are newly offering Viennese coffee at their shops.
Julius Meinl, a coffee retailer based in Austria that has introduced Viennese coffee to 70 nations, opened its first shop in Korea last year. It currently operates nine shops in the Lotte Department Store Main Branch, Dongseongno in Daegu and other locations.
The Viennese coffee ambassador is planning to open more shops in Korea.
Korean coffee chain Tom N Toms is also set to promote Viennese coffee with the Austrian Viennese Tourism Board.
The ‘Vienna Coffee Culture Campaign’ at Tom N Toms shops will continue until the end of the month, and customers can have Viennese waffles with ‘Melange,’ a typical Viennese coffee specialty, at the chain’s Itaewon, Apgujeong, Dosanno and Cheongdam stores.
According to AC Nielsen, the Korean coffee market was worth 4.13 trillion won (US$ 3.80 billion), a 160 percent increase from 1.56 trillion won (US$ 1.43 billion) in 2007. Coffee industry representatives are estimating the market has already reached 6 trillion won (US$ 5.53 billion) in 2014.
By Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)