Ock Hyeon Byeon

 

WHAT’S BREWING WITH FUA ALUM OCK HYEON BYEON?

 

From his appreciation for coffee to impressive foam art skills, and even the tattoo on his arm of the chemical components, Ock Hyeon’s love for coffee was obvious from day one. Better known as Raffaello by his friends and professors during his studies at FUA, he graduated from the Apicius Culinary Arts career program in 2014.

 

Ock Hyeon has since opened Round K, located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It is a mix between a modern aesthetic and a 1970s Korean café — a homage to his Korean heritage. “Not only is the environment cozy and vintage, I also use a lever coffee machine called Victoria Arduino distributed by Nuova Simonelli. I roast my own coffee beans on the premises so my guests can taste the most authentic flavors from all of my single origin coffee beans,” he says. Some of the coffee beans even come from a friend of his in Guatemala, among other international locations around the world.

 

Inspired by his experience in Italy, you can find the “Shakelatto” on the menu, based on the Italian shakerato. Round K doesn’t only serve coffee though; you can find specialty teas, homemade Korean-style pastries, and brunch on the weekends. On the walls you can find the artwork of fellow FUA Alum Yun Yan Wasabi who studied Visual Communications. Ock Hyeon hopes to collaborate with other FUA Alumni whether it is promoting their personal work, as in Yun Yan’s case, or other creative collaborations such as pop-up events at Round K. The space is even used to host coffee making classes as well as Korean language lessons.

 

Ock Hyeon had the following to say about his time here in Florence: “I thank the entire FUA team for the help and support that I received in Florence. It was the best two years of my life; I met some amazing people who shaped me into who I am today. I also want to mention how much I appreciate what I learned from both the school and Chefs Andrea Trapani and Simone De Castro. My time in Florence made all of this possible today.”

 

Round K 99 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

www.roundk.com

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