Coffee Libre is a self-reliant roaster. It started from selling 100 pounds of coffee beans each month and eventually spread its connections to over six countries and 14 different farms. It is owned by the first Korean Q-grader Philhoon Suh.
At a distance of three hours drive from Seoul and other big cities of Korea, is located Terarosa Coffee Roaster, in Gangneung which despite being far off can be seen packed with people. They are known as the name that paved the way for direct trade of specialty coffee beans.
The growing interest in coffee is pretty obvious in Busan, the second largest city of Korea, too. A small number of specialty coffee shops have gathered form an association that goes by the acronym BUS (also the recognition code for Busan Seaport). The joint force work towards offering discounts over large purchases, promotional schemes, and own shared green bean storage.