I’m In Love with the Millionaire South Korean Coffee Goddess Grandma

Whenever we have a major project, there is always a television series or movie playing in the office.  It sort of serves as a deadline (e.g., “We need to get this launched by the end of the first three seasons of Friday Night Lights“).  For us, it works amazingly well.

Right now, we are watching a South Korean series that translates as “The First Shop of Coffee Prince”, which is  a modern Victor/Victoria where a hardworking young girl is mistaken for a boy because she dresses in jeans and is the family’s breadwinner.  Anyway, the boy that she seems to be in love with is the heir to a coffee fortune.

My favorite reason for this show is the grandma, the founder of the original empire, the CEO of the family foods business, and the one with the money.  I swear, this woman answers almost exactly as I would in a lot of situations.

For example, she tests her grandson (the coffee heir) by making him take over a failing coffee house she owns.  She demands he triple sales in a short period to return a satisfactory return on investments.  If he can prove he is capable, he will receive his inheritance, while she is still alive.  She uses incentives.  Otherwise, he will lose the trust fund, house, car, etc.

Anyway, one of her grandson’s employees (her grandson is, effectively, the “coffee prince” for which the store is named) accidentally orders $30,000 worth of coffee and they don’t have the money in the budget that his grandma gave him.  He calls her for help.  Instead of buying the coffee from him, she offers to loan him capital!  At 10%, which is 5x the rate on South Korean government bonds.

Do You Want a Loan Coffee Prince

Buy the Coffee From Me - You Won't Lose Money Coffee Prince

Why Would I Buy Coffee When I Sell It Coffee Prince?

So coffee prince says, “Never mind!  I don’t need your loan.  I’ll do it myself.”  Grandma hangs up the phone, and very, very pleased remarks …

He Sounds Very Determined Grandma Coffee Prince

It was part of her grand plan!  You see, grandma is really dying of cancer and wants to make sure he is responsible enough to take part in what she has built.  Coffee prince originally demanded $150,000 for capital expenditures but she only gave him $50,000 to teach him the value of money and how it can be scarce.  Coffee Prince doesn’t know about grandma’s health condition.  She says she has lived a good life and now that it’s time to fall off the mortal coil, she will put everything in order and play video games on the computer.

Seriously, Coffee Grandma, you are awesome.


  • kevin

    lol how did you come across to this show? i’m south korean and you caught me surprised, considering that you live in mid-U.S. this show didn’t have a huge enough hit to spread across U.S. or other asian countries, but anyway this is unexpected!!

  • cullinaire

    This is too awesome. My mother is a big fan of these Korean series; I’ll have to ask her about this one.

  • I saw it on Hulu.com. South Korea interests me because a few years ago, it had some great stocks trading at only 3x to 5x earnings and the economic growth over the past 20 years has been amazing.

    It has actually made me want to visit the country if I’m ever over in Asia.

  • kevin

    i have a question. what kind of stock screener do you use if you use one at all? i just can’t find a solid one…

  • Huey

    Did you end up finishing this series? I probably watched some parts of it back when mysoju.com was still around, but have since avoided watching dramas altogether.

  • I did. We just finished “Fated to Love You”, which is on Netflix. We loved it. Prepare to have your heart broken at times. “Rooftop Prince” and “My Love from Another Star” are also very good. So is “Cheongdamdong Scandal” (sometimes with a different spelling starting with “S”, it has the same premise as Rooftop Prince only set historically so if the girl is discovered, she’ll be executed).

    Give in … give in the lure of Korean dramas. Accept that it is a way of life. Watch their joy and sorrow while collecting dividends.

    I’ve been looking for a good on to start but lately, our media time has been allocated to the new Mortal Kombat release on Playstation 4.

    • Huey

      After watching the original “Fated to Love You” in Taiwanese I saw that they recently made it into a Korean drama but not sure if I wanted to revisit the story. Too many feels. I couldn’t finish “Rooftop Prince” and “My Love from Another Star”. I started them while they were still airing and the wait between episodes made me resort to using distraction tactics on myself to endure the wait, which ended up working so well both times I don’t know which episode I’m on any longer.

      Have you watched any Korean Variety Shows? I like the old Xman, Loveletter, and more recently Infinity Challenge and some select couples on We Got Married. Strong Heart with Kang Ho Dong and Lee Seung Gi was really good. Haven’t started any new ones myself since last year ish.

      I stopped buying consoles too XD can’t do much in terms of entertainment, anything mildly entertaining leaves me 72 hours without sleep and a sick day at work.

      I’ll give in a little more when I get that Financial Independence like you geniuses here.

  • JB

    Where can you stream South Korean dramas from nowadays?