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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2013-01-03 00:00:00 KST

And now it's time for our daily arts and culture update with our Michelle Kim. Let's see what she has for us today.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Coffee and Buddhist temples might seem like an odd combination. When you think of coffee, you think of caffeine and the high energy it bestows and when you think of a Buddhist temple, it's calm and cups of tea that come to mind. But at a Buddhist temple in Gangwon Province, an area famous for its coffee festival, the monks are the baristas and the coffee is just part of the experience. Take a look at this for more details.



At a Buddhist temple in the midst of Gangneung's Man-wel Mountain , a group of monks is busy roasting coffee in a brazier fired up by charcoal.
The roasted coffee beans cool as they are winnowed like rice.
The beans are then put into a millstone to be ground.
The monks claim that the use of traditional Korean items to make their coffee creates a different flavor than might be expected.


[Interview : Ven. Jung-ro] "When you use a millstone, the coffee beans are crushed into grounds, but coffee grinders cut the beans into pieces. That's why the two taste different."

The monk's skills as a barista are evident, as he slowly pours water into a cup filled with the crushed coffee grounds.
Afterward, the monks offer the coffee to temple visitors, who drink it out of the same small cups usually used for traditional tea ceremonies.
Monks at this temple, Hyundeok-sa, have been roasting their own coffee for the past three years, and recently, they've added a coffee-making workshop to their regular templestay program.
Visitors who participate in the program, which also includes traditional meals and an overnight stay, are able to see and learn about the whole process of making coffee, including roasting and grinding the beans.


[Interview : Kim Mi-sook, Visitor] "I love that the flavor of the coffee lingers in my mouth for a while and the coffee is even more delicious because I'm surrounded by nature."

This unique blend of Buddhist tradition and coffee has brought forth a new Korean flavor -- and it's one you likely won't want to miss.
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