Genre: romance, comedy, gender-bender
Episodes: 17 + 1 special episode
Main actresses: Yoon Eun Hye, Chae Jung An
Main actors: Gong Yoo, Lee Sun Kyun, Kim Chang Wan, Kim Dong Wook, Kim Jae Wook, Lee Eon
Story: Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) is a young hard working girl who’s doing all kind of small jobs to pay off the depts of her family. On her way to earn as much money as possible is no time to concern herself with maintaining a womans female image and she ends up looking boyish enough to be mistaken for a guy. Choi Han Gyul (Gong Yoo) on the other hand is the rich heir to a big food company and constantly pestered by his grandmother to go on blind dates and finally settle down. Not enough with that is she also giving him the task to run a filthy coffee shop which’s on the verge of going bankrupt. One day Han Gyul coincidentally bumps into Eun Chan and grabs the chance by the collar: Thinking she’s a guy is he offering her money to play his gay lover so that his grandmother eventually leaves him alone with all her women. Eun Chan, always in Need of money, accepts the challenge and is also hired by him to work at his coffee shop called “Coffee Prince” where only male workers are allowed to serve. Alongside other adorable characters are they trying to safe the shop from going down. Problems arise when somewhere in the middle of everything Eun Chan and Han Gyul start to develop feelings for each other: How can she confess when he thinks that she’s a guy? And how is he going to accept his – alleged – homosexuality?
Trailer (I searched for a better one but every other video is full of spoilers so… I’m sorry! -.- ):
Own opinion: It’s the third korean drama I’ve watched and still one of my favourites! “Coffee Shop” made Yoon Eun Hye my most beloved actress next to Song Ji Hyo and I really like every character involved here. The whole plot feels like drinking a coffee flavoured with sugar and cinnamon: Sweet and a little bit bitter with a slightly surprising taste after swallowing it down.
I totally love it that the main female character really looks like it could be easy to mistake her for a boy. Most of the times gender-bender dramas tend to choose an actress who’s definitly too cute and/or womanly to be male and it seems almost annoyingly fictitious that other people think she’s a guy. Not so in “Coffee Prince”! I’m not saying that Yoon Eun Hye isn’t attractive or anything but back then she was still childlike enough to make her appear really manly. I also think it’s a nice touch that Eun Chan isn’t really trying to appear male to anyone per se. She’s just herself and not interested in dresses, make-up and such. She doesn’t want to fool the people around her – they simply misunderstand her.
The other thing about “Coffee Prince” that I totally adore is the conflict of Han Gyul confronting his homosexuality – which isn’t really one since the guy he falls for is in truth a girl but it’s nice to watch him being all confused nontheless! The korean society tends to hush up this topic even though everyone knows it exists. I think it’s greatly implemented in this drama – both the problems you face with the society and the ones you must fight out with yourself.
Rating: 9 / 10. One point minus because I think it’s a great drama but it just takes more for me to make it a full-point one. It’s nice, fluffy and cute. The side story of the other couple’s a little annoying but okay and the additional characters sooo darn adorable! All in all a sweet, funny and romantic story no one should miss.