Drama Recaps
Coffee Prince: Twelfth Cup
by | August 7, 2007 | 253 Comments

I wish Coffee Prince were a man, so I could marry it. We’d be happy together making beautiful latte art and raising lots of musically inclined children.



……Coffee Prince is a GIRL?!?!


Linus’ Blanket (라이너스의 담요) – “Labor in Vain” [ zShare download ]

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[First off, credit where it’s due — thanks for the compliments on the new Coffee Prince-themed banner. You might have to force-reload (control + F5) to see it. All credit goes to Luv, who’s been wonderful in designing all but one of my headers. Thanks a zillion, Luv!]


Eun Chan still comes to work despite being told to quit. She approaches the still-angry Han Gyul, who gives her three minutes to talk. After that, she’d better leave because she’s fired.

Eun Chan: “In the beginning, I never thought you’d like someone like me. It seemed like you liked Yu Ju. She’s so beautiful that I can’t compare with her, so I thought I was better off being seen as a man. When I asked how you would feel if I were a woman, you said you weren’t going to date around anymore, that you’d marry a nice woman from a nice background, someone your grandmother and mother approved of. I’m not womanly or pretty, but if we were sworn brothers, I could be with you all the time. When we goofed around, and you treated me so well… I liked it so much I couldn’t tell you the truth.”
Han Gyul: “I really hate this. Why am I always betrayed by loved ones? Why didn’t my father tell me about my birth mother? Why couldn’t you tell me the truth? I thought about it so much my head felt like it would burst — it was because you couldn’t trust me. My father and you both. And I loved you so much. But you couldn’t trust me.”
Eun Chan: “It’s not that I couldn’t trust you, I couldn’t trust myself.”


Han Gyul: “When I said I liked you even as a man, I didn’t care what the world would think of me, disregarding my friends, family. I went through a lot of pain getting to the point where I decided those things didn’t matter. Go Eun Chan, I need someone who trusts me. Even if everyone else curses at me for being useless, I needed someone who’d believe: ‘Choi Han Gyul just didn’t have the opportunity to show himself. He’s a guy who does what he puts his mind to. He’s just someone who hasn’t yet found what he wants to do in life, but he truly can accomplish what he sets out to do.’ I needed someone to have that kind of faith in me. Not like you, who deceived me even in love, worrying over being found out.”
Eun Chan: “I didn’t have the confidence. I didn’t want that to happen… I wanted to tell you, but I was afraid you’d wouldn’t see me anymore. But the reason I’m telling you this now… is because I want you to see me as a woman. If you hate me, I can’t do anything about it, but I’m so sorry, and I know I was so wrong… But I like you. I love you. If you tell me to quit, I will. If you don’t want to see me… couldn’t you still see me anyway?”
Han Gyul: “I don’t have the confidence to continue. I don’t know who you are. The Go Eun Chan I knew was always honest with me, who trusted and liked everyone, facing the world just as he was. I wanted to be like him. But you… You aren’t the Go Eun Chan I know. Let’s not meet again.”

Phew, way to reduce me to a sniveling mess in the first five minutes.

Han Gyul tells Mr. Hong that Eun Chan will be leaving, and Mr. Hong scolds him for his behavior. Yes, he gets that Han Gyul went through a harder time than Eun Chan, but why is he so angry? She’s a girl, and they like each other — that’s a cause for celebration. Mr. Hong can’t stand working there like this, so he leaves. Ha Rim tries to convince him to stay, and Han Gyul tells him he’ll be gone in a month anyway. Mr. Hong says, “Fine, then I guess I’ll be back in a month,” and walks out.

Eun Chan packs her things and leaves. Han Gyul watches her go.


Han Gyul has no desire to talk to his cousin, but Han Sung calls and says all he has to do is listen. He explains that he first met Eun Chan when she delivered milk to his house, and yes, she was the girl he took to Yu Ju’s exhibit.

Han Sung: “That day, she was really beautiful. But by the time I started to see her in that way, she already had feelings for you. She cried as she told me how much she liked you.”
Han Gyul: “This is annoying. How long do I have to listen to you?”
Han Sung: “She wanted to tell you, but she had no confidence in herself, because she felt like she wasn’t a woman or a man. She sobbed her heart out. I’ll be honest with you. I was swayed toward her. But since she liked you, I decided to just be friends. I’m not even sure why I wavered. That’s really all there was. The fact that Eun Chan told you the truth even at this late point is because she has faith in you.”


Yu Ju apologizes for not telling Han Gyul about Eun Chan, and explains that she’s leaving. Han Gyul asks if it’s because of Eun Chan. Was the relationship between Han Sung and Eun Chan serious enough to drive Yu Ju away? Yu Ju explains: “Their relationship wasn’t a matter of how far they went. It’s just that Han Sung’s feelings swayed toward her, and even then it was just a short while. So forgive Eun Chan.”

Han Gyul asks why she’s leaving, and she answers they’ve got a lot of issues between them. Yu Ju was always the one depending on Han Sung, and he was the one to comfort and accept her. She’d thought his anger was something exclusive to her (born of love): “But I realized that’s not true. I know I’m not being mature about this, and I can’t be cool either. I’m really horrible, I know. But my feelings don’t listen.”

Han Gyul wonders how Han Sung felt, knowing how he liked Yu Ju all this while, and concludes that Han Sung didn’t worry about losing Yu Ju to his cousin because he trusted her — so much that he waited for her even after she left for another man. Yu Ju: “Then you don’t have faith in Eun Chan.”

Han Gyul says he’d always felt that Yu Ju and Han Sung were so rock-solid that he never had a shot of squeezing himself in between them. For Han Sung’s sake, he asks her not to go: “If you do, I think I’d hate you.”


Eun Chan and Han Gyul spend the next several days moping. Han Gyul recalls Eun Chan’s words from the first scene, and also thinks of Mr. Hong’s words: “Ask yourself carefully if you can live without Go Eun Chan.”


Han Sung drives Yu Ju to the airport, and tries to convince her one last time not to go. Their argument spills over onto the sidewalk when Yu Ju tells him to pull over. Han Sung yells: “You strayed too. Why is it okay for you, but not for me?!” He put up with so much — he knew she was lying about DK even before they broke up — but he forgave her.

Yu Ju counters — if he’d been so accepting all this time, why is it now that he faltered? She watched him lie to her face when he said Eun Chan was merely a cute little kid. Han Sung admits that he made a mistake, but it wasn’t love. Yu Ju can’t tell the difference.

As she turns and walks off, Han Sung begs her not to leave, shouting after her, “Don’t go. Don’t go!”

[Side note: The scene was okaaay, but felt a little… acted. Usually this series does amazing things with letting scenes breathe (like in Episode 7 when Yu Ju waited all day in Han Sung’s house, and Han Gyul dealt with the aftermath of his fight with Eun Chan), but this felt suffocated. The emotions seemed prepared, not in-the-moment (which is what I loved about their fights in Episode 11). And perhaps a little overacted. Okay, criticism over.]

At the airport, Yu Ju finds DK waiting for her — but stays at a distance. They have a wordless exchange — and, realizing Yu Ju’s not leaving, DK goes alone with a rueful wave. Han Sung races to the airport to find her, but he’s too late, and thinks that she’s already gone.


Now jobless, Eun Chan keeps herself occupied peeling chestnuts and sewing doll eyes. Taking a break to go to the convenience store, she runs into Han Sung, who can tell she hasn’t been doing so well.


Han Sung: “It’s because he likes you so much. That’s why he’s so angry. Although he doesn’t look like it, he’s someone with deep affections, and once he gives you his heart, he gives it all. So just wait a little.”

Han Sung assures her Han Gyul will understand, but tells her not to tell Han Gyul about their kiss — because he’s found that when you tell someone something to ease your own guilty conscience, sometimes it only brings the other person pain. She thanks him and tells him again that he’s like Santa, and Han Sung responds,

“I’m the one who should be thankful, for being able to be Santa to you. So even if it’s difficult, be strong. Han Gyul has really fallen for you.”


At the cafe, Han Gyul is confronted on all sides with appeals to forgive Eun Chan. No matter how mean Ha Rim was to Eun Chan, when talking to Han Gyul, he plays the part of pacifier, asking to hire her back. Min Yub has heard from Eun Sae how poorly Eun Chan is doing these days, eating badly, not sleeping well. Sun Ki tells him, “The way I see it, it was really hard on her too. She’s young. And don’t you think she was afraid things would end up like this?”


Han Gyul goes to see his cousin. At first, the mood is strained, as Han Sung asks Han Gyul to forgive him for having feelings for Eun Chan: “If you really don’t want me to see her anymore, I won’t. I’ll do my best so that we don’t even happen to meet by chance.”

Han Gyul apologizes for hitting him, for overreacting to learning the truth about Eun Chan, and also for passing off his feelings for Yu Ju as mere friendship. He invites Han Sung to hit him if it’ll make him feel better.

Han Sung informs him of Yu Ju’s departure: “But don’t worry too much about us. Yu Ju and I have ten years of history. There’s something between us that you wouldn’t even be able to imagine. We won’t just end like this.”

Han Gyul: “Yu Ju really loves you. She’ll come back to you. It was a really good thing it was you that she loved. If it were anyone else, I’d have stolen her away. I held back because it was you. I like you a whole lot more than you think I do, you know.”

(Aww for brotherly love! These cockles, they are warmed.)


(Somebody needs to give the writer a raise, because I love this next sequence like you wouldn’t believe. I love it so much it makes me sad I didn’t write it.)

That night, Han Gyul goes to Eun Chan’s home, looking up at her window. After staying there for a while, he drives away.

At the same time, Eun Chan waits outside Han Gyul’s apartment. It’s getting late, so she starts wheeling her bicycle away, unaware that her burlap sack is leaking chestnuts.


When Han Gyul arrives home, he finds the chesnuts on the ground, leading him like a trail of breadcrumbs. He follows the trail, and starts to pick them up, just as Eun Chan discovers the torn bag and starts collecting the chestnuts from her end.

And thus they meet in the middle.



Sitting side by side on a park bench, they remain silent for a while as they try to decide how to handle this. But Han Gyul’s anger has been slowly subsiding over the course of the episode, and he tells her to come to work tomorrow.

“I’m still angry, I still feel resentful and I can’t completely understand… And so, I asked myself if I could live without Go Eun Chan. Could I separate from her like this? And it turns out I can’t.”

He sees her tearing up and chides her for crying so much: “From now on, you’d better only cry in front of me. Don’t you dare cry like this in front of other men, or you’re dead.” He reaches over and wipes the tears from her eyes.

Eun Chan apologizes again:

“When we played around, when I acted as your dongsaeng, that must’ve been so awful for you. I only tried to keep myself from being hurt, and looked for a place to run away. I didn’t understand how you felt when you made me those toys, how much you were hurting. When you said let’s go as far as we could, I was just happy, and didn’t even think of your struggles. I’m sorry.”

Han Gyul apologizes too:

“When I kissed you at the cafe and said it meant nothing, I did that to hurt you. It was because I was angry — but I absolutely didn’t mean it. I’m immature for not thinking of how hard it was on you. I’m sorry. I apologize. Forgive me.”

Eun Chan tells him it was her mistake from the start, so it’s okay.


Han Gyul rests his head on her shoulder, saying:

“Go Eun Chan… I’m glad you’re a girl.”

Eun Chan quickly turns her head to kiss him, and they stay like that, together in silence.



The next day, Eun Chan’s back at the cafe, and Ha Rim, for all his bluster and aggravation, is genuinely happy to see her back. When Han Gyul arrives, they all watch with bated breath, not quite sure of the situation.

Han Gyul pretends to ignore Eun Chan, although he steals looks at her while the others are too busy speculating over the status of the relationship. They ask Eun Chan if something happened the night before to cause the change, and with a shy smile, she nods. The Princes whoop in glee.

They accost her for details, and Ha Rim jokes that they should use her phone to send Han Gyul lovey-dovey text messages. Ha Rim says they don’t even need her phone since they can send it with his, and starts typing a message. Eun Chan stops them — and hands over her phone: “Send it with mine.”


The Princes watch Han Gyul receive the message, which reads: “Thank you ♥.” He smiles (and the Princes are thrilled).


After going on their coffee bean deliveries, Han Gyul and Eun Chan enjoy a walk through the park, and Han Gyul is adorably playful. As he walks hand in hand with Eun Chan down the street, he excitedly turns to strangers to tell them, “She’s a girl. She’s a girl. A girl!”

Han Gyul: “See, you should’ve told the truth from the start, so we could’ve held hands like this.”
Eun Chan: “I really didn’t know you liked me.”
Han Gyul: “Are you kidding me? I even went to the hospital because of you. Are you a dummy?”
Eun Chan: “Hospital? I thought you just saw me as a cute younger brother. And I had nothing to assure me you’d like a girl like me.”

She tells him when she first saw him, she thought he was incredibly good-looking. He’s pleased to hear it, until she clarifies that their first meeting wasn’t at the purse-snatching, but when she delivered food to his apartment. Han Gyul exhibits a belated sense of modesty.

Han Sung finds out about Yu Ju not going to New York from DK: “I thought work was the most important thing to her, but it seems there’s something you have that’s more important.”

Worried, Han Sung tells Han Gyul that he hasn’t been able to locate her. Far from being angry, Han Sung realizes he didn’t know as much about her as he should have: “I don’t know where her mother’s house is, or have phone numbers of her close friends.”


Later that night, Eun Chan and Han Gyul talk on the phone, and he wonders why she’s so interested in Han Sung’s business. He tells her Han Sung had liked her — and she, remembering Han Sung’s caution, pretends not to know: “No, that can’t be.” He asks if she’d had feelings for him, and she admits that at first, she did like Han Sung, but then she started liking Han Gyul more.

Han Gyul pretends to be miffed, asking why she picked him over his cousin, who’s nicer and warmer: “Be honest. You like both of us, right?” Eun Chan takes his teasing for real and insists, “Han Sung is just a nice ajusshi, and you — I don’t really know the reason, but I just… like you.”

Han Gyul enjoys her reaction while carrying on his mock indignation, telling her he’s still upset: “My anger just won’t go away.” Left with nothing else to say, Eun Chan says, almost defiantly: “I love you. I love you! I really love you!”

That catches Han Gyul totally off guard, and in an instant, he goes from playfully happy to completely stunned. His legs give out and he sinks down on the couch, catching his breath. (The song is “Coffee Is” by Cloud Cuckoo Land”.)

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He covers, accusing her (in bluster) of playing with words and being a smooth talker:

“Hey, you jerk! You could’ve said so openly, comfortably, and we could’ve been insanely happy together. Why didn’t you tell me, and put me through all that suffering? Bad Go Eun Chan! You punk!”

Eun Chan smiles in relief, and then he tells her sternly, gruffly:

“Listen to me carefully. I love you more.”

Both are stunned at their mutual admissions — you can almost feel their visceral reactions to their words — and then, overcome with giddy happiness. Eun Chan jumps around her room, yelling, “He says he loves me! He loves me!”


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253 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. jinkzzmec

    whaaa…12th cup is here!!!! haven’t read it yet but have seen the raw vids …i am so happy right now…i had butterfly in my stomach while watching the ending….i wonder what will happen next episode? hmmmm….i love this episode…thank you javabeans!!!!

  2. uclycans

    Yay!!! It’s finally up….I’ve been refreshing the page and waiting to read your summary & comments. Thanks. It helps me a lot since I can’t understand Korean. :)

  3. rainey


    Off reading now.

  4. wizie

    hey, thanks. gosh, my heart is racing … waiting in anticipation of what’s going to happen. love is really universal… Congratulations Javabeans, you’ve earned a lot of followers by doing this summary for us. Keep up the good work

  5. skye

    A complete turn around from yesterday’s episode, totally love it! thank you javabeans for your wonderful, wonderful summaries.

  6. Si

    Ahhh, thanks for the lovely summary! Always look forward to them. Coffee prince is shaping up very nicely =).

  7. Eve

    oh it was a beautiful episode..I felt that fight scene between hanseong and yujoo was a bit overboard too…I kind of skipped over it to see the HG/EC parts haha.

  8. nana

    I’ve been waiting for this allll day every since you posted your summary for episode 11. All I have to say is: THANK GOD! (or whatever you believe in hehe) I’m soooo happy! Oh yeah: THANK JAVABEANS! too 😛

  9. Anonymous

    thanks so much for your uber-fast replies! 😀

  10. 10 kat

    like whats going to happen in the next next episode?
    i hope they’re not going to fight and then make up again
    that’d be so boring
    but like who cares coz it’s so sweet

  11. 11 diana

    wow. that is such a great episode because i loved the ending. thanks sooo much for posting this up! im so tired of waiting for the subs which takes days.

  12. 12 Rokku Ramu

    Yayyyy! I’m first! Thank you thank you. I’m sooooo happy they’re together now. Now I can go to sleep in peace (it’s 11:33pm :D)

  13. 13 Rokku Ramu

    Dang! How did I get bump to #12 so fast???

  14. 14 alita

    Thank you so much! I was waiting for this all day today =)

  15. 15 wizie

    i knew the end was the clincher… i just had to start half way. Thanks, i love it… im still all smiles and my heart won’t just calm down. Again its almost midnight here, good luck tom. I’m betting you’ll surpass the 140+ posts you had in ep 11 in less than 24 hours.

  16. 16 w

    thank you so much for your summaries! i would’ve DIED waiting for the subtitles to come out. this episode was awesome, i’m so in love with gong yoo right now it’s ridiculous.

  17. 17 gggiiinnnaaaaaaaa

    omg u are the best of all.. u got it uo so soon!thanks!

  18. 18 rtan

    thanks, javabeans! been refreshing all day. great summary!
    i wonder what will happen next. i just hope they’ll have more happy and funny scenes before the sad ones again. =p

  19. 19 glo

    i adore the new gorgeous banner!

    im wondering what the next 4 [or has it really been extended to 8] more episodes are going to be about. why can’t this cute love just go on forever?~

    i especially loved the princes in this episode, like when they discuss their inappropriately revealing moments with eun chan. ha rims crazy little monologue cracked me up. :)))

  20. 20 S

    Thanks for the wonderful summary, Javabeans! You’re an angel.

    I find myself irritated with Yu Ju’s double-standards though. She cheated on Han Sung with DK and expected him to take her back. But when HS wavered just a little over Eun Chan, she gave no quarter. YJ and HS should split for good, like in the novel. :)

  21. 21 Gigi

    SQUEEEEEE!!!!! I am seriously grinning like a freak right now. That was so sweet.

  22. 22 tippie

    i’m in LOVE…i’m in LOVE… hehe

  23. 23 Vickstar*

    Awww – so many kawaii moments …… I loved the chestnut scene soooo much and the Princes were hilarious. Thank you for giving me a much better idea of what’s going on/being said as I am completely Korean-deficient! LOL! ^-^

  24. 24 repjans

    Ah seems like the ending~
    I wonder whats in store for them both. They have overcome one of the biggest obstacle and now…. gaaaah, why MBC didnt show the 13th cup preview?! dang! At least it will not spoil the lovely feeling we have right now.
    As always, thank you javabeans^^

  25. 25 centurionsunfire

    oh man… my heart is racing. this is the best show ever. by far my biggest obsession.

    and i cried after that first conversation too…

  26. 26 R

    THank you for the wonderful recap.. I was waiting desperately for it.. Yeah the drama is turning out to be very good (and not in a draggy way).. Everything seems to be just right.. Like a perfect food dish, with just the right amount of ingredients.. I wonder what will happen next (other than the family and HS and YJ issue)..

    PS: Can anyone tell me which song was playing during the chestnut picking scene..

  27. 27 joey

    YES! I’ve been waiting for this all day! well for 4 hours since I woke up… but it feels like ages. Mad Props to you, for consistently writing Coffee Prince summaries.

    THANK YOU!! Now I can’t wait to dl the ep.

  28. 28 krnzzang05

    i feel that the drama has climaxed and has had some sort of resolve…there was no preview for the next episode, and i know that the drama is at least supposed to go up to 16 and supposedly extended to 18 episodes

    i just wonder where they will go in the next 4 to 6 episodes, because this episode has already almost reached where the book ended, when it comes to the relationship between eun chan and han gyul. maybe how han sung and yu ju resolve things? maybe the kiss that han sung told eun chan not to tell han gyul may anger han gyul? i mean i like the fact they had no preview to keep the people interested, but i just dont see how much further they can stretch the story, now that han gyul and eun chan are a couple. well hopefully i will be pleasantly surprised and not massively disappointed at how this drama ends.

  29. 29 doremi02

    just simply awesome this episode!!!!!!1Thanks Sarah!Gal, you make my day!

  30. 30 wandergirl

    Oh dear God.
    What a wonderful episode. I love the trail of chestnuts. Seriously, I am squeeing in glee. Btw, great choice of screencap (main page, before the cut). Makes me want to just hug Han Gyul. Also, there’s a tiny part of me that’s still holding out for Han Sung-Eun Chan. *sigh*

  31. 31 apple

    even though at times it felt like they were just packing everything in.. this episodes was really good, specially the Han Gyul and Eun Chan moments.

    thank you.

  32. 32 MinMey

    aww, a made up episode from such a pain they had before . really sweet made up… but things are ok now, something juicy will happen..or maybe bad thing (who knows! today ep had no preview , so the cliffhanger is still there(or here) hehe ^_^

    thank u so much Javabeans :)

  33. 33 Suzy

    Oh, I was so hoping it wasn’t going to be angst and tears and moping from here on out – the same turn so many k-dramas suddenly make. I’m SO GLAD HK & EC are back to the same playful-sparring-chemistry but with a different twist – she’s a woman now!

    “I wish Coffee Prince were a man, so I could marry it.” What a crack-up opening line!
    Thanks again, javabeans.

  34. 34 Dwi

    I like it when you provide song in every post. I used to read it and play the song together.. it feels really nice and good!! Thank you for your summary .. i really love this episode. i can watch it million times!

  35. 35 glo

    i just wanna say thank u so much…..i enjoy reading it more then watching it, cause of all the inside stuff u put in…..keep up the good work

  36. 36 obivia

    Thanks, Javabeans!!!

    As much as I love CP, I almost wish they’d end it here. It was perfect. (Even more so b/c of your eloquent summary) I feel like they’re gonna go through a really bumpy patch and as close to reality as that’d be, I dread it.

    6 more, people. Sigh. What to do.

    P.S. I love that screencap where HK covers his bits. So cute! I’m gonna go reread the whole summary for kicks!

  37. 37 april

    Wow, I love how this drama keeps things going, instead of DRAGGING like crazy like typical dramas do. But I’m a bit scared for episodes 13-16 because SO much can happen between them. It’ll be interesting to see where it’ll go, but MAN this episode was SO good. I was literally squealing as I was watching it. The chesnut scene was SO good. haha I want to see Han Gyul and Eun Chan get married and have lots of babies…..

  38. 38 honeycino

    oh i absolutely love coffee prince! han gyul and eun chan are so sweet! hoping for more of these heartwarming moments to come in the next 4 (or 6?) episodes ^^

    i’m in agony right now because i can’t download or watch the episodes online since my internet connection got throttled back to 56kps. so thank you so so SO much javabeans, you write so eloquently and describe the scenes so well it’s like i’m watching the actual drama!

  39. 39 Marisse

    Thaknk You soooo much for the summary!!!
    I cant wait every week to read your blog!!

  40. 40 Vanessa

    First, thank you so much javabeans for another wonderful summary. I read your summaries over and over again, never getting tired of it.

    This episode brought me back to my highschool days, watching this episode brought me back to the feelings of first love, first kiss and those times when I would feel really giddy just by talking on the phone.

    **possible spoiler** (dont read if you dont want to)
    I am not sure if this is true, rumour has it that there will be a Hotel scene between EC and HK in eopisode 13. I wonder if it’s true.

  41. 41 tuesdhei

    ….for me this is the best episode so far aside from episode 10 of course ha ha — i love the chesnut part especially when he smiled and realized that the chestnuts are probably from eun chan — WOW! one hell of a twist! the writer’s imagination was awesome!!! good thing i was able to watch it on-line last night eventhough i have to refresh it everynow and then coz my connection through MBC drops all the time and i don’t see any uploads yet of episode 12 anywhere even at VEOH… i trully love this drama! YEH and GY looks really good together! thanks again javabeans and i love your new header — the coffee prince header… Have a great week ahead! Till next monday!

  42. 42 jinkzzmec


    just finished reading your summary…this drama has taken me through all sorts of emotions since i started watching it…it went from a totally heartbreaking 11th episode( which really disturbed me so much so that i only had less than 3 hours of sleep this am ) to a 360 degree turn of making me giddy and silly with hapiness. I was so sad watching the first part of the episode that i was crying from frustration but then it was replaced by elation. GY is really a versatile actor…he has the ability to convey different emotions using just facial expressions but he can carry acting silly as well…i love the part where he was getting weak in the knee as well as his silly expression laying on the couch after he hangs up the phone…it was so funny..hahahaha…Im glad that they did not show any preview for next week’s episode because i dont want to let go of this happiness that i am feeling right now…this is more than enough to tide me over til next week

  43. 43 nixxochick

    once more, thank you so much for posting this so quickly!

    i really loved this episode, i guess my only concern is that the drama has 4 more episodes to go and im not sure where they will take this story since EC and HG are pretty much a couple now. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens next week.

    i especially loved the chestnut scene, there was something about it that just made me really happy. I guess it might of been just seeing how even though HG is so hurt he admits he cant live without EC, theres just something about it that makes me all warm inside.
    and the end, what can i say about that…only that it made me really happy!

  44. 44 christy

    Thank You! Now I have to wait until next week! Soooo sweet! I also love the book ending.

  45. 45 bjork

    ohh yesss!!! episode 12, as usual i’ve been refreshing your page since this morning as if i didn’t know that they just televised it in korea this 5:55am (my time).
    wow… really javabeans you never ceased to amaze me on how fast you can make your summary and i really really enjoy reading your piece. well about episode 12, it’s a cute episode so much different from yesterday’s tear jerker i almost feel like a teen ager once more hehe. actually i’ve watched the raw prior to reading your summary & as usual i only understand a bit but their actions speak louder than words but your summary is the best especially for us who’s so addicted to CP who don’t mind watching without sub just to follow through with the series. THANKS A LOT JAVABEANS.
    See you next week for CP 13th & 14th cups…….take care & God bless you!

  46. 46 Anonymous



    ……Coffee Prince is a GIRL?!?!”

    Lol… according to the drama, even if CP is a girl, you can still love and try to marry it, no?

  47. 47 godzillaicecream

    Sorry if this kills everyone’s happy mood, but I can’t be worried about what will happen in the future. The rest is probably going to go into Han Gyul’s family problems and the kiss Eun Chan didn’t tell Han Gyul about. I’m scared, but they’ll be together in the end anyways!

  48. 48 Anonymous

    Thanks so much for the recap java! We always enjoy it! By the way, is it really 16 or 18 episodes??? Can’t wait!!! ^__^

  49. 49 javabeans

    Anon 46, but what about our beautiful, music-loving BABIES?!?!

  50. 50 Iranian Espresso

    Thank you Dear Javabeans
    12 cup is really beautiful, indeed simply and beautiful, but because this drama has a politic that it says “Don’t trust on your eyes and your feelings (one ep sad, one ep happy)” I’m afraid of what’s that going to happen in the next episodes. Now the storm calms down but what is happen in the future?…. this is the problem…..(if the relation between EC and HS is that critical point?)
    Thank you again daer javabaeans.

  51. 51 Amyable

    A post on soompi was a Korean news article which stated that Coffee Prince was extended to 17 episodes and that the 18th episode will be “making of CP” or something like that.

  52. 52 manja

    I’m so in love with coffee prince now……..

  53. 53 coffee lover

    Eun Chan jumps around her room, yelling, “He says he loves me! He loves me!”
    Everyone else, yells, “We love you, Javabeans!”

    hehehe… :)

  54. 54 Arriane

    I think sooner or later, Han Gyul will find out that his cousin kissed Go Eun Chan. LOL. I can’t imagine what’ll be his reaction. Wonder what will happen in the next few episodes. And I hope Sun Ki will find “his woman” soon. Anyways, thanks so much, Javabeans! Oh, and I also do love you Coffee Prince banner. Love it! I already can’t wait ’till next week!!

  55. 55 Acey

    Thanks for this, I’ve been waiting eagerly for it!
    Sigh I can’t believe they’ve done it again – resolved a messy situation believably (I’m talking about Han Gyul and Eun Chan’s situation – I skimmed over the Han Sung-Yu Ju part, not only because err there were more important things at hand but also because it wasn’t very engaging, somehow? Also, on a more shallow note – DK really cannot stand up to comparison to Han Sung. Sure, he’s just a minor character, but I think he’d be more believable in performing his function if we were shown what exactly drew her to him in the first place. Then even if he were not hot [as it is] maybe we’d be able to sympathise better with him)

    Anyway I really love the brusqueness with which Han Gyul still treats Eun Chan. Because of the girly-girlness of K-drama girls, I was so afraid that even if they did end up together, they’d lose the brotherliness of their relationship because she’d be treated as a girl. But here it works so well because Eun Chan never started out pretending she was a girl, that’s just the way it is – so he doesn’t treat her any different. In fact, I think that if he hadn’t found out she was a girl, and we continue in a parallel universe from his ‘let’s take it as far as it’ll go’, he’d still be treating her like this, except without the giddy exuberance of knowing he can hold her hand openly, and telling others she’s a girl. I remember in an episode long ago when she nearly got into an accident in front of the store his reaction was to chastise her lack of caution by thwacking the visor down on her helmet – I don’t think they’ve lost this sense of comfortableness with each other because of any unnecessary overprotectiveness on his part. He’s still yelling at her, all is good.

    Aaaaah how can there be enough words to express how much I like this show? Everything feels like yeah that’s the way it should be – of course Han Gyul feels hurt and betrayed but I love how they show that nothing is absolute, nothing is in black and white – his feelings of love are still mixed up in the anger, they don’t make him flip-flop from one side to another – at first he’s so angry at her, then the first realisation of his lingering feelings makes him angrier, then he slowly realises how unconstructive he’s being and forgives her, NOT as if nothing had happened but over the course of over half an episode, much advice and many tears and explanations.

    And the chestnuts scene, which just epitomises naturalness. How to count the ways of its perfection? 1) It came after both had shown themselves willing to give in by being in each other’s respective turfs 2) It occurred in neutral territory 3) It has a donghwa-like quality, like Hansel and Gretel and yet 4) It was completely unplanned. Neither of them set up an elaborate trail to lure the other, nor did the coffee princes set them up at either end of the trap. I mean ohgod how many times have we seen the laying-trail-of-roses scenes in kdramas? This is like the sweetest remake of it – neither starts out with expectations of what would meet them at the end (or in the middle, as it were) when they first started picking them up for different reasons. Chestnuts are probably about as far from romance as you get, and yet that’s what Coffee Prince does – create romance out of nowhere.

    Like Eun Chan’s admission of love which 1) didn’t feature a cliched balladed tears and rain scene 2) wasn’t initiated by a) the guy or b) a particularly romantic situation. It just occurred so naturally and exuberantly – I mean she it’s not even face-to-face, she yells it out, out of a mix of exasperation and an I-just-can’t-contain-it anymore kind of feeling. I love that after the mess seems to have cleared, she hasn’t forgotten everything she’s been through – she makes good on what she says to Eun Sae – I have to tell him I love him, even if I never see him again.

    And Han Gyul’s reaction? I could watch it a million times. In fact I probably have. I love the way he slinks sideways into the sofa, as though he’d just died (and gone to heaven). I love how his knees physically weaken, how he clutches his sofa for support, and this doesn’t seem over-the-top. He yells at her again (I seem to be equating shouting for love, don’t mind me) And his shy, brusque loveyouMORE.Bye. Conventional reason states that important admissions should be made face-to-face and yet I think this shows us how it could be better over the phone – unhampered by the close scrutiny of the significant other, it’s the viewer who gets to see the most immediate, honest, unguarded responses. And can anyone not smile back at that grin?

  56. 56 kelso311

    Oh mwy gohd! Very nice! Now I understand what you mean that chestnut scene was fabulouso. Thank you!

  57. 57 kriss

    still can’t read your wonderful summary and commentary because i need to see the episode (subbed) first. what’s the point of the summary then? oh idk. i just need to watch it first. geez.
    but i did read the first part.
    i would marry coffee prince whether man or woman (lol, just like in the show)! i’m not sure where that’s legal, but i would find the place, damnit.
    but then again.. you called dibs first. hmm.. mistress number 1 i could settle for as well..

  58. 58 g35733


    Cloud Cuckoo Land – Coffee Is…


  59. 59 noemi

    another emotional rollercoaster ride from coffe prince..
    we have both sentiments about the acting wise on Yuju and Han sung … it’s like the issue between them was forced… although in the story the have the more history, i felt the way the two characters were presented and played , they were more apart..
    but i still like Han Sung.. he’s a great guy… he desereves happiness to you know..

    my fav scene in the episode… of course the last part.. everything came so natural… as if it was bound to happen but with a twist of surprise…

    but my fave line in the episode… HanGyul saying to strangers:
    “yoja, yoja,,, girl , girl”

    kudos to Gong Yoo… amazing acting, adding to the fact he’s a majot hottie.. he knows how to be playful…without being overacting…

    YEH’s consistency in portraying Eun chan is A+ for me too…

    like what javabeans said…
    i also wished i was a part of the series..even i am the dog …

    see you guys nest week

    javabeans….you rock…

  60. 60 weeeeeeee

    omgggggg that was soooo cute im reading the summery and grining like a retard!!!

  61. 62 Bunde

    I liked the fact that Eun Hye, the lead actress, kept consistent in playing a guyish character throughout. Even in this episode after her sex was revealed, she acted like a guy in her demeanor to be consistent with the character. Even Han Gyul jokes around with her as she’s a guy. My guess is for next few episodes is that parents are going to step in and ask why she is like a guy and they will object. She will start to act more like a woman, though it may not be what the couple wants.

  62. 63 Ima

    aww…the eppy’s ending is just so saccharine sweet. but if 12th cup is an upper, are we bound to have a doomed 13th? (murphy’s law is working overtime on Coffee Prince). this kdrama is definitely a rollercoaster ride.
    quick comment on #49 by javabeans: “Anon 46, but what about our beautiful, music-loving BABIES?!?!”
    let’s all do a brangelina and adopt musically-savvy kids from around the world. just kidding!

  63. 64 melanie

    I am completely in love with this series and its actors. And I couldn’t agree more Acey, how could anyone not smile back at that grin. lol it’s funny, I look forward to your response to javabeans almost as much as I look forward to javabeans summaries because you just bring up so many of the points I love. So, thanks Acey :) and thank you, thank you Javabeans! You are truly completely awesome! I do wonder what they’re gonna do though for the next four episodes since they extended it. I was looking around for previews of episode 13 and found out that they apparently didn’t air it which makes me worried because I feel like that means they’re reshooting and extending scenes, which well, I really like how this entire series has been paced and it would be a complete shame if the last four were just completely dragged out just to extend its air time. However, the writers have been soooo good so far, so I hope they’ll make the finale as good or even better than this series was. :)

  64. 65 Kel

    omg i get sooo giddy watching the last scene.

  65. 66 ghol88

    OMG! I Love it!!! They’re so sweet…can’t help falling in love in this series…Every episode makes you excited that you can’t wait for the next episode to come out. Thanks Javabeans!!!

  66. 67 anonymous64

    You’ll find the rest of the ep here:

  67. 68 JT

    oh my goodness. i understood what was going on when i watched this ep and i was grinning like a maniac. my face muscles were hurting. now reading it, it makes me grin the exact same way…oh my poor face muscles. this series can sure put a smile on a person’s face =^__^=

  68. 69 Yopoyop

    OMG OMG this ep is so cute !
    I can’t stop smilling in front of my computer !! my boss will definetly thinks that i’m crazy but I can’t control my smile and .. even if work is so boring .. i keep my smile in the middle of my face just because à HG and EC .. Ah …. :):) thanks so much

  69. 70 Sinthia

    *sniff *sniff…they really know how to make a person emotional….and i rarerly get emo….wow >.

  70. 71 keira

    i couldn’t stop smiling after watching the 12th cup raw and i hadn’t stop smiling after reading your summary javabeans! thank u!
    i had this thought that coffee prince should end now when everything is going smooth and happy and i don’t care about the other parts or characters anymore as long as Han Gyul and Eun Chan are together and happy! hehehe. But still i’m curious of what Yu Ju and Han Seung’s going to be i hope she clears her mind already and decide what she really wants. And i hope there would be no more misunderstnding and fighting between HG and EC they should just help the other characters with their lives since they settled theirs….haha
    If i get the chance to see or meet every character of coffee prince i’d probably go to Eun Chan first and hug her! haha then Han Gyul next! they should change the name in the end to “Coffee Princess” for future daughter of HG and EC!!!
    thanks again javabeans!

  71. 72 Berz

    Omg the best of the best ep!!!! Says he loves her!!! Woooahhh… thats soo hawt! Omgar can’t wait, can’t wait! My heart’s gonna burst for anticipation!!!! Thank you sooo much javabeans!!!

  72. 73 blue4u

    Indeed it was a beautiful turnout!!! You can call me sentimental/ romantic fool but I really really love happy endings…it makes my day complete after reading/seeing movies or dramas with good endings. That’s why, Javabeans, many many thanks for your excellent summary/translation, just by reading your works, i sometimes skipped seeing the drama itself.

  73. 74 Auntie Mame

    Oh yes!! You are so right about the writers deserving a raise for that sequence of scenes with the chestnuts. Using a Hansel & Gretel breadcrumb scene as a way for them to meet was absolutely brilliant! As soon as I realized the purpose of the trail of chestnuts, I was literally laughing and jumping for joy. Truly lovely.
    (I also had another thought while watching the scene. They walked, crouched down, to pick up the chestnuts. Their movements reminded me of a religious pilgrim doing penance and asking for enlightenment and/or forgiveness … another stupid thought from my brain that I can’t turn off.)
    As for YJ, I think she has commitment issues. She certainly didn’t want to take her mother’s call, when her mother said she didn’t have to attend her mother’s wedding. I think there is much that we don’t know about her.
    I do hope that they’ll wrap up each Prince’s story by the end of the series.
    Looking forward to the rest of the show…

  74. 75 asian-buzz.com

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was watching part by part of the video then flipping back your summary at the same time. It’s a great way to watch and understand even w/o subs. :)
    The writer does a very good job! I’m happy now…in fact, I’m okay if the story ended here! *chuckles* But of course, I don’t mind seeing more sweet moments of Eun Chan and Han Kyul!

  75. 76 len

    it is worth the wait! can not control the smiles on my while watching the ” chestnut part” simple approach but sweet impact to the story. bravo to the writers!!

  76. 77 secret admirer

    Boy, those K-drama writers really know their stuffs! I’ll just join in the love fest here: That was just so cute (Awww). Yay, they’re finally together. No more angst (at least for this week).

    I think there was a stark contrast between Han Gyul/Eun Chan and Han Sung/Yu Ju’s relationships in today’s episode. One couple is giddily basking in their newfound love whereas the other is desperately trying to salvage theirs. Trust and forgiveness were the issues among all four. Yet, we see how determined Han Gyul and Eun Chan were to fight for their love. No matter how hard he tried, Han Sung was not able to convince Yu Ju to let go of her insecurities. I love how much more matured Han Gyul is now compared to the earlier episodes. His decision to forgive Eun Chan is no less significant or hard-earned than his previous admission of love to her. Those lines that he said today …. sigh!

    Ha ha, javabeans.. you are officially in love with this series! That’s a sign of a serious infatuation when family is mentioned in the same line as love (LOL). BTW, that title screen cap of Han Gyul waiting in the car is like the most perfect shot ever!

  77. 78 tingau

    Javabeans you’re the besttttt!! Thanks for the 12th Cup..its getting better and better :)

  78. 79 Mics

    THanks for this!! Wait wait wait it’s still the 12th episode and they’re already this happy @__@ Argh that’s scary! I feel like something bad will still happen to them there’s still 6 more episodes to go right??

  79. 80 babyelephant

    if this episode is the last episode..i think it would be just nice….but then, how are they going to go from here??? i mean for the next 6 episodes when all the excitement/secret has been revealed…i hope it won’t end up draggy…

  80. 81 dee

    Thank you so much!! Ahhh! I’m so happy!! 😀

  81. 82 tooizzy

    MY GOODNESS!! I’m SOO happy! :-) My sister and I were giggling and squealing at the same time in happiness. JAVABEANS Thank you SO much for your translation/summaries. We read them first then watch the RAW and with the actors facial expressions we can follow the story very nicely.

    I just love how HG even still angry can’t deny his feelings for EC and though they are happy being able to be open with each other. This is practically their FIRST real relationship. Now will come the matter of HG allowing EC to fully comfort him when problems arise in the future episodes. I loved how all the princes made sure HG never forget how it felt to have EC around. And the chestnut scenes was beautiful because it was the first time that HG had something to smile about. He is so willing to put himself out there. I applaud EC for being frank about her feelings about him regardless of how he would reject her but at least she would not have anything to be regretful for later because she gave it her best.

    Some times, we ourselves, keep things from others by being afraid to be hurt. But it’s much worse to keep that little knife slowly turning in our hearts when we could just simply say what is in our hearts and even if things don’t work out we’ve made a clean cut and are able to move on.

    HS, my heart goes out to him, I really want to smack YJ though she runs away from everything. I really had hoped that he wouldn’t beg her I wanted him to keep something for himself therefore it looked a little over done his scene.

    What are they going to do for the rest of the episodes?
    1.HG’s Grandma still has incurable cancer.
    2.That MR. Lee guy (HG’s real father) is still a potential problem otherwise they would not have introduced him.
    3.YS’s dissapearance from the map.
    4.Sun Ki’s search for his ex.
    5. Ha Rim’s family problems.
    6.AND the kiss between HS and EC which could only be revealed by either En SAe or Yu Ju. Pheww!!

    I really hope the writers don’t lose the momentum and not lose focus in trying to extend by diluting the last of the episodes.

    That’s my 2 cents. hehe
    I’m off to watch another drama 2:00am east

  82. 83 beng

    Gosh, i bawled my eyes out and i’m in the office… they might think i’m crazy coz towards the end, i’m smiling and giggling already, hahahahah. I’m so “kilig”… thanks Sarah

  83. 84 Sylvia

    Hi Javabeans,

    Just checking if you happened to know/have the song that’s in the Episode 12’s chestnut-picking scene? R also enquired about this song early in this discussion thread.

    Love that song! Hope you’ll know, thanks! :)

  84. 85 lime9

    there’s always adoptions~

  85. 86 deedee

    ohhh man this episode was soooo adorable…I love HG’s playful love declarations! Ya same with some viewers here…I just skim through HS and Yu Ju’s story because it is too dramatic for what it really is (which is Yu Ju overreacting and being selfish.) I hope the last 4-6 episodes won’t drag,but even if it does…I’m sure I’ll still read and watch it! I’ve been trying desperately to get my friends to start watching this but she likes Bad Couple Better?! It’s kinda sad that I want her to enjoy this as much as me but oh wells…she’s missing out!!

    Anyways, as always, thank you so much Sarah!! Can’t wait til next week even though these last 2 episodes have been like rollercoasters alrready, I still want these same giddy heart-wrenching scenes til the end!!!

  86. 87 absynthefairy99

    mwaah! thank you! i cant think of any words to say. im speechless….

  87. 88 gail

    ahhh…. this one made up for the heartsickness and craziness of the past few episodes. ahhhhh…

    “Somebody needs to give the writer a raise, because I love this next sequence like you wouldn’t believe. I love it so much it makes me sad I didn’t write it.”
    heehee. you’re a real writer then. ;P

    i am extremely grateful to you, javabeans.

  88. 89 littledraci

    god…I’m going to die….^-^ Reading these summaries makes me almost feel like watching the episodes with playing the added songs, javabeans ^-^
    Can’t wait for my weekend and the subs! Haha, and I’m happy to see, that I’m not the only one who’s so crazy about Coffee Prince, since my friends aren’t into drama —-
    You’re great, javabeans!!!

  89. 90 teokong

    Thank you for this sweet and lovely twelve cup summary. I’m so in love with this drama that my husband thought that I’m having an internet love affair with a guy name Javabeans. The happy feeling that I’ve now just won’t go away……Thank you…thank you…Javabeans.

  90. 91 tooizzy

    Dear JavaBeans. If there is a demand…Would you mind if I translated your summaries in Spanish of course giving credit were it’s due??

  91. 92 shel

    I am soooo glad the writer didnt drag the storyline. This is one of the reasons why i love this series. It’s not boring and it’s very addicting….just like coffee! Hmmm…I’m gonna watch ep12 again while drinking my coffee. Thank you for the recap javabeans!!!!

  92. 93 Acey

    Thank you, melanie! I think there’s something particular about Javabeans’ writing that encourages you to think deeper. Without so many likeminded people here on this blog, I doubt so many people would be compelled to savour this drama slowly, layer by layer :)

    There are so many things this drama does cleverly that you are less likely to see something in it as a random serendipitous coincidence that happens to work well, rather than a planned, thought out component. I just noticed, when Eun Chan was crying at home, after she sat on the toilet and was surrounded by torn tissue papers – when she was sitting in front of the tv, the screen showed a man in drag. I mean, wow.

    Unrelatedly, does anyone else see Han Sung as the music director for this drama itself? My brain makes narrow connections. Heh

  93. 94 gail

    acey, i thought the same way too about Han Sung. You said, “Unrelatedly, does anyone else see Han Sung as the music director for this drama itself? My brain makes narrow connections. Heh” LOL. I don’t think that was a narrow connection. :)

  94. 95 charetski

    wow. thanks for keeping me so in love!

    i love your summaries!

    you are heaven sent javabeans!

  95. 96 LUVMeLIFE

    i really love CP but gosh, what a perfect ending! WE have 6 more eps to go…What else can happen? What does the writer have in store for us? I just hope that it’s not going to be anything cheesy.

  96. 97 Carol

    Millions thaaaanxxx to you ^^
    you’re soo fast in uploading, i keep on refreshing your page. hehe. wow, the storyline is getting better and better…it’s kinda different from other movie i’ve seen tho. it’s better :)
    i think the next problem is how they fight to get together? hehehe…i can’t wait to see the next episodessss >.

  97. 98 Jae-joongie!

    omo! Gomawouyo JAVABEANS! youre so awesome! hihi!

    i can’t wait for the next episodes! I DON”T LIKE THIS TO END! HUHUHUHU.

  98. 99 WhiteBlackberry

    The chestnuts scene is just gorgeouslyyyyyyyyy BEAUTIFULLLL and sweeetttttt!!!!!!!!

    Loveeeee ’emmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……….toooo tooo muchhhhhh……..!!!!!

  99. 100 nasromeo

    YIIPPEEE!! Finally! Haih…was holding my breath since episode 10…and thanks 4 all the nice summaries…

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