Coffee Champ Pushing the Cause of Thai Specialty Coffee to a Global Audience

The World Barista Championships are being held in Rimini, Italy, and 54 Barista Champions from around the globe have come together for their 15 minutes in the spotlight to showcase their skills and their own coffee stories to a panel of expert judges. Recently crowned Barista Champion of Thailand 2014, Varatt ‘Tae’ Vichit-Vadakan of Roast and Roots Coffee Roasters was among this elite group of coffee professionals chosen to attend. Many choose this moment in the spotlight to showcase their[…]

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Factory Espresso Bar – Modest indie coffee bar serving up the right stuff

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Factory Espresso Bar Bangkok - Interior

In Bangkok Coffee terms, Factory Espresso Bar is a little bit in the middle of nowhere. Far from the thriving cafe scenes of Thonglor/Ekkamai and Ari, it sits on Phaya Thai Road between the Victory Monument and Phaya Thai BTS stations. The benefit of being separated from the flock is of course that it’s comfortably the best coffee in the neighbourhood, and of course it’s one more part of Bangkok where you can find a good hit of caffeine. The[…]

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Aran Bicicletta – Chic Cafe and Bike Shop buried on the quiet side of Ari

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Aran Bicicletta Cafe and Bike Shop, Ari

With three Noble high-rises within a 500m radius, Ari is definitely a hangout fit for the hip and hiso young Bangkokian. And as most trends go where the hisos go, Specialty Coffee is definitely a part of landscape here. Stepping away from the bustle of Soi Ari, Aran Bicicletta is a trendy hideout catering to a similar crowd, hidden in the peace and quiet of Pahon Yothin Soi 2. Part bike shop, part cafe, Aran Bici is so named after owner[…]

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Le Trio Coffee – Boutique Roaster pushing Laos Coffee Forwards

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Le Trio Coffee Vientiane - Artisinal Coffee Roasters

In sleepy Vientiane, a specialty coffee scene is growing to meet the demands of travelers and expats. One of the people pushing this scene forward is French-born expat Micka Perier, the founder and roaster at Le Trio Coffee Vientiane. Founded mainly as a roasting company, Micka opened his doors to friends and locals who wished to try his 100% Laos Arabica and Robusta coffee blends. As such the roasting house is transforming into a cafe as well, and they have[…]

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Naked Espresso – Leading the way in Laos with delicious locally grown Coffee

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Naked Espresso Vientiane

Asia is full of surprises. Two years ago on my first visa run to Laos, I found Vientiane to be a sleepy little city, full of culture and temples, but lacking economic development and the lifestyle that goes with it. It was a pleasant surprise then to stumble upon Naked Espresso, a small cafe serving very high quality coffee – better than most Bangkok cafes at that time! Needless to say it’s my first stop in Vientiane now whenever I[…]

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