Last night, I was so excited to see Marley Coffee at my local CU convenience store on my way home from work. It is the biggest chain in my neighborhood and I don’t know why I passed it by on April 2nd. After inquiring at the previous CU’s on my walk home, I walked into this CU without any expectations. When I saw them in stock, my jaw practically dropped open and all the fatigue from that day just melted away. The sale is buy 2 bottles, get 1 free for 5,400 Won (~$5 US) and it’s mix and match till the end of this month. I bought a total of 6 bottles and was grinning from ear to ear as I went to the cash register.
The manager said it had come in on April 2nd and when I had gotten there, at almost 1am KST, there were exactly 4 bottles of latte and 6 bottles of americano left. I’m personally a latte fan so I bought all 4 bottles while trying out 2 bottles of americano. I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep drinking coffee so late at night, especially with me having to go to work early this morning. Curiosity got the better of me and I reached for the latte. I was really surprised by the high quality of the taste. Seriously, for 1,800 Won (~ $1.50), it tasted like a freshly made latte I purchased at one of the Marley Coffee cafes in Gangnam or Itaewon. It had a strong, deep note while maintaining a creamy taste with just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy even the fussiest coffee drinkers. Koreans tend to like sweet coffee, so I was a bit hesitant but really pleased to find this wasn’t the case with Marley’s Latte. This morning, I tried the Americano and must admit it is darker and stronger than other store prepackaged coffees, but still a bit too sweet for my taste. This was just the regular Americano, not the sweet version that was advertised before by the president of Marley Coffee Korea, Hosuk Lee. I think I’ll stick to Marley’s latte for now. The packaging is nice and the empty glass bottle is too pretty to recycle. Here are the photos I uploaded on twitter late last night and this afternoon:
I highly recommend Marley Coffee’s RTD line out of all the brands I’ve tried in Korea. Theirs is definitely the best I’ve tasted and it isn’t because I’m an Airen. I need my daily morning caffeine fix to function properly and this is going to be a product I will be purchasing frequently in the future. The added bonus is that Seung Gi is their model. ♥