Annyeong haseyo! I am grumpy ahjumma, and I am going to be your new GF twice a month! This is Ahjummamshies’ latest segment, Grumpy Flashback wherein we feature well-loved Korean dramas from the past. Please always tune in to our humble site as I give the spotlight to our favorite dramas and reminisce their highlights. For my first offering, I am very delighted to feature one of my personal favorites, Coffee Prince.

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Celebrating 10 years since it aired, the award-winning smash hit Coffee Prince tells the love story of Go Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye), a cheerful young woman who dresses as a man in order to land a job and Choi Han-kyul (Gong Yoo), a playful chaebol who takes over a rundown coffee shop. Not knowing that Eun-chan is a girl, Han-kyul hires her as one of the “male-only” employees of Coffee Prince. The story develops into a full blown romance and laughter with Han-kyul trying to get over his first love and deny his growing attraction with Eun-chan.

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Coffee Prince hits close to home. I watched this drama back in 2007 when I was single, living alone and hurting. As cheesy as it sounds, Coffee Prince helped me mend my broken heart. I always looked forward to going home and watch episode scenes after a whole day of holding back my tears at school. This drama became so special that I could still remember some scenes vividly.

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Coffee Prince was one of the best and well-written mistaken identity romantic stories in Korean drama history. Yoon Eun-hye arguably did the most convincing girl-disguised-as-a-guy heroine ever. Being one of the most iconic K-drama that helped both Yoon Eun-hye and Gong Yoo cement their way as two of the most respected Hallyu stars, let us relive the happy pill that was Coffee Prince!

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Who will forget Choi Han-sung’s (Lee Sun-kyun) adorable dog Terry which waits for his “girlfriend” Eun-chan every morning to deliver milk?

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Or the mysterious waffle guy No Seon-ki played by the handsome Kim Jae-wook?

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Or the many relationships in the series that get tangled in a fun and enjoyable character display?

But what makes Coffee Prince as a classic K-drama favorite is how the story tackled Han-kyul’s gender confusion in heart-wrenching scenes that will move even non-believers of love. Gong Yoo portrayed so perfectly the manly Han-kyul who was shaken by his developing feelings for another man.

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One of the best scenes of the series was the “Man or Alien” kiss when Han-kyul forgets everything about Eun-chan’s “masculinity” and just accepts the fact that he loved her.

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The script was so poignant, but it mirrored everything that was felt by Han-kyul in his struggle to overcome his gender crisis. And because all is fair in love and war, even the aftermath of Eun-chan’s gender reveal was as painful as his acceptance of his growing love.

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Ahjummamshies, what are your fondest memories of Coffee Prince? How did it help in influencing you to dive in the K-drama world? Share with us!

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