Consistently ranked one of many worst cities for air air pollution, Seoul is an unlikely location for city beekeeping and bee-awareness. However, Ape – a honey café and life-style retailer opened this previous March – is trying to change the capital’s picture to a bee-friendly one.
Ape comes from the Italian phrase for bee and the café’s purpose is to “celebrate the coexistence of bees and humans.” Founded as a labor of affection by Park Jin and Michael Jaehun Lee, the entire folks concerned within the café have a ardour for bees and are beekeepers themselves. Owner of the café, Park, additionally runs Urban Bees Seoul – a beekeeper’s cooperative and social enterprise that raises roughly 4 million bees all through the town. Michael Jaehun Lee, supervisor at Ape, is a skilled barista and beekeeper that may clarify the origins of each single kind of honey Ape has in stock.
In addition to recent espresso, chilly brews and lattes, the menu consists of a wide range of signature drinks and desserts. For first-timers, Lee recommends the Seoul Honey Caffe Latte made with domestically sourced honey and topped with a beneficiant serving to of almond slices. Next to the counter, there’s a honeycomb that drips out the sugary secretion to pattern with crackers and the house is adorned with olive bushes and different crops that foster a wholesome surroundings for bees. There are additionally a wide range of cheap jars of honey, cleaning soap and candles to buy.
Although there aren’t any bees on the precise café, Lee has plans to boost bees at a group heart proper throughout the road and the café holds honey-related lessons. Ape may also put you in contact with Urban Bees Seoul, which holds lessons twenty occasions a yr.