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a matter of taste

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John Park

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■ by katie rose mceneely John Park is the owner of the Glenview franchise of Caffebene, a chain from South Korea styled after the European coffeehouse tradition.

“One of our biggest items is called honey bread: it’s bread with caramel and whipped cream and berries. It really complements the coffee drink.” | John Park How did you hear about the franchise opportunity? I saw Caffebene in Korea. There are more than a thousand in Korea. I bring a lot of friends to Korea with me, and when we visited Caffebene, everyone loved it and said it would do excellent in the United States. So that’s how it started. Years in the business? I’m in the retail business, and I own Taco Bell franchises throughout Korea and in the United States. We also opened all the Red Mango stores in Chicago. What made you decide to open in Glenview? Glenview has a great mix of developing cultures; it has a high percentage of Asian-Americans that are

familiar with this concept. It’s the No. 1 coffee shop in Korea, and it made sense to go into a place where people recognized the brand. Signature drink? I would say European-style latte. They also have bubble tea. What’s the focus at Caffebene? The environment of the facility has that café style. It’s a great destination — it has a unique feel. The atmosphere, the music, the tables are widely spread out so you can enjoy your drinks and desserts. Caffebene has these desserts that people crave and indulge in. One of our biggest items is called honey bread: it’s bread with caramel and whipped cream and berries. It really complements the coffee drink. What do you like to eat at home? I’m Korean, so I enjoy Korean food very much. It’s very spicy and very salty. I’m a big coffee drinker as well. Worthwhile gadget? The La Marzocco GB/5 espresso machine. Favorite fruit or vegetable? Strawberries. What’s notable about the location? Caffebene is located in the Glenview Commons Center, and people are starting to call it the “Caffebene Center.” It’s becoming a destination, because it’s a meeting place, which is really exciting. Caffebene is located at 1749 Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview. For more information, call 847-257-7340 or visit caffebeneusa.com. ■

Recipe: Iced Spanish Latte with Cold Brew Recipe

Combine 7 cups room-temperature water and 12 ounces coarsely-ground coffee in a large jar or container. Cover the jar with plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 hours. After coffee has brewed, pour the concentrate into a coffee filter-lined fine-mesh strainer set over a large pitcher (do not stir; coffee concentrate may take up to 45 minutes to come through). For each serving of cold brew iced coffee, fill a glass with ice and pour coffee over; add 1 ounce condensed milk. Cold-brew coffee concentrate will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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