South Korea

Coffee's first notable Korean enthusiasts were emperors Sunjong and Gojong, who preferred to consume it after western-style banquets.[36] A disgruntled interpreter at one point attempted to kill both by poisoning their coffee, and nearly succeeded.[37] By the 1980s instant coffee and canned coffee had become fairly popular, with a more minor tradition of independently owned coffeehouses in larger cities; toward the end of the century the growth of franchises such as Caffe Bene and Starbucks brought about a greater demand for European-style coffee.[38] Caffe Bene is a coffeehouse chain based in Seoul, South Korea. It was founded in May 2008 by Sun-Kwon Kim, current CEO of Caffe Bene. Caffe Bene is the largest coffeehouse in South Korea in terms of the number of stores. As of April 24, 2012, Caffe Bene has 760 outlets in South Korea.[1] It was unprecedented that a start-up coffee chain opened more than 750 stores in four years. Caffe Bene made its international debut in New York in February and opened the second international store in Beijing, China one month later. As of April 26, 2012, Caffe Bene has 3 outlets in China and has signed with 7 countries. Misugaru Like other coffee chains, Caffe Bene sells brewed coffee, hot and cold beverages, pastries, croissants, sandwiches, waffles, gelato, and so forth. In addition, Caffe Bene features Misugaru, which "consists of black sesame seeds, black bean, black and brown rice and barley". [2] According to PR web, Misugaru "is rich in vitamins, calcium, magnesium, molybdenum, folate a d selenium". [2] Misuragu drinks are a feature that differentiates Caffe Bene from its competitors such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean. [edit]Caffe Bene in New York Caffe Bene launched its first international store in New York, USA, on February 1st, 2012. It is located in Times Square in Manhattan and boasts its size of 600 m? (equivalent to 6458 ft?), one of the biggest coffee shops in the area.[3] Caffe Bene "specializes in coffee drinks and Belgian waffles, including savory varieties with bacon and Parmesan in the dough". [4] Caffe Bene Times Square's interior design was inspired by several features of New York such as the Brooklyn Bridge and New York subway. According to Caffe Bene, they used recycled materials for its design. Sun-Kwon Kim, CEO of Caffe Bene, says he is planning on opening another Caffe Bene in Los Angeles in the near future. Sunjong, the Emperor Yunghui (Hangul: ?; Hanja: ?; RR: Yunghuije; MR: Yunghuije; 25 March 1874 24 April 1926) was the second and final Emperor of Korea, ruling from 1907 until 1910. He was the final ruler of the Yi Dynasty. He was the fourth son of Emperor Gwangmu. Crown Prince Yi Cheok was made Emperor Yung-hui when the Japanese forced the abdication of Emperor Gwangmu, and his reign ended with the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty of 1910. After the Annexation Treaty the Japanese kept Emperor Sunjong in confinement[citation needed] in Changdeokgung. He died there on 24 April 1926 and is buried with his two wives at the imperial tomb of Yureung (, ) in the city of Namyangju.