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

8.3
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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INK & LION Cafe – Another Coffee-Lover joins the Neighborhood

8.5
Ink And Lion 1

Ekkamai and Thong Lor are sure-fire destinations for good coffee in Bangkok these days, proving that there really is a strong market for high quality coffee in Bangkok and indeed Asia. One of the most recent additions to this coffee neighborhood is Ink & Lion Cafe, a cute coffee-centric shop serving good quality coffee sourced from local experts. Set meters from Ekkamai behind Purty Nelly’s Irish Pub, Ink and Lion Cafe has a modern interior that will be familiar to Bangkok’s[…]

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Kuppa Tea & Coffee Traders – Great vibe at this popular upmarket brunching spot

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Kuppa Tea & Coffee Traders

Whenever you talk about good cafes in Bangkok  a name that frequently comes up is Kuppa Tea & Coffee Traders. Given the fact that historically there was much more of an emphasis in the Bangkok cafe scene on good food and good brunching – moreso than good coffee – it’s not hard to see why. What Kuppa delivers is a very sophisticated vibe, with a cafe and fine dining section, and a large selection of all day breakfasts, lunch and dinner[…]

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Wonderwall The Kaffebar – Great vibe for lazy weekend chill sessions

8.8
Wonderwall The Kaffebar - Sukhumvit 31

Wonderwall the Kaffebar has an indescribable quality that I can’t quite put my finger on. Many of the elements here are in line with the trends in Bangkok’s rapidly swelling coffee scene, but there is some kind of x-factor here that made me really enjoy my time here. Perhaps the generous balcony seating area, comfortable seating and great selection of chilled jazz and lounge music added that extra something to make me feel truly at ease. The very friendly owner,[…]

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Caffe What If – Backstreet Coffee Haunt Well Worth Finding

8.8
Caffe What If - Atmosphere

Their map can resemble something of a pirate’s treasure map, with X marking the spot somewhere deep in the zig-zagging backstreets of Sukhumvit 31. But buried at the end of this trek is Caffe What If, a modern, trendy cafe that stands up well against the best of Bangkok’s Coffee Scene. Set in GreenConnect, a small collection of boutiques catering to the upmarket condos nearby, What If has been decorated in an impeccable euro retro style, with a white tiled[…]

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Casa Lapin xAri – Same style, better coffee, more hipsters

8.5
Casa Lapin xAri

I’m going to call this place ‘Stylebucks’: full of kids with Macbooks perched on wall-length bench seats leeching free wifi – much like the scene you’ll see in a Starbucks. But ‘Style’ because this place just oozes cool, and ‘bucks’ because Casa Lapin xAri sits in the base of the Noble Reform Condo on Soi Ari, and quite obviously attracts a crowd of rich hipsters from the three Noble condo buildings in this area. Casa Lapin xAri is the newest of[…]

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Size S Coffee & Bakery – Small and Simple wins the day

8.5
Size S Coffee & Bakery

It’s not the most well heard-of cafes, but while Size S Coffee & Bakery in Bangkok may lack size and reputation, it makes up for this with great coffee and in-house baked goodies. Hiding in the backstreets near MRT Lumphini, Size S appears to cater mainly to the local mainly Thai office crowd. Don’t let the surroundings fool you, this isn’t the average local Thai coffee shop. The very friendly owner worked in Melbourne, Australia for 4 years, where he[…]

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Rocket Coffeebar – The Right Mix of Glamour and Top-Tier Coffee in Sathorn

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Rocket Coffeebar - Piccolo-x-Brioche_1

The owners of newcomer Rocket Coffeebar are no strangers to the food and beverage industry, and it shows from the second you walk in the door. From the meticulously designed Euro-styled interior to the sophisticated branding and sumptuous menu, the owners haven’t put a foot wrong. And the coffee? Amazing. Rocket Coffeebar serves Synesso Espresso and pour-over, with a selection of single origin and blended single origin beans. They’ve gone for arguably the best beans in Bangkok too – supplied[…]

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Cafe Bicycle – Downtown hipster haven, and decent coffee too

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Cafe Bicycle

While Siam doesn’t have too many independent, good cafes (probably the rent prices), Ploen Chit and Chit Lom are seemingly becoming the inner-city coffee-friendly zones in Bangkok. With Dean & Deluca and Cafe Bicycle practically side by side, and Cafe Tartine just around the corner, you’re almost spoilt for choice here at Ploen Chit BTS. Cafe Bicycle seems to be engineered specifically for hipsters. Just when ‘fixie’ bikes became the mode of transport du jour for BKK’s ‘dek indie’ (hipster);[…]

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Dean & Deluca (Ploen Chit) – A coffee chain that isn’t bad – take note Starbucks!

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Dean & Deluca Ploen Chit

This review might get me in a bit of trouble. Given that D&D is primarily known as a chain store selling upmarket groceries, some might view this post as being slightly out of place on a blog dubbed “best coffee”. Something akin to listing Starbucks or 7-Eleven. But the coffee at Dean & Deluca is really not so bad! Oh sure, it’s not going to take home any solid gold trophies from an international barista or cupping event. But on[…]

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Flow Coffee Bar – Self-made roaster’s smooth brews sure to delight

8.3
Flow Coffee Bar

I always thought it was impossible to get a good coffee around Fortune Plaza, MRT Rama 9 and Central Plaza Rama 9. Plenty of cafes, but no good coffee in sight. But it’s always nice to be proven wrong, and today was one such day. Hiding in the backstreets behind Fortune Plaza on Rachada Road is Flow Coffee Bar, which is primarily a roasting business, but also a cute little cafe. When I first spotted the cafe down Soi Song[…]

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Casa Lapin x49 – Escape the Bangkok chaos in this chic hidden cafe

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Casa Lapin x49

Set on a small quiet soi opposite Samitiwej Sukhumvit Hospital is one of the most stylish cafes you’ll find in Bangkok, Casa Lapin x49. As you walk in from the street you are greeted by a cosy, well curated outdoor area incorporating a wall-length sofa straight out of a luxury resort. Straight ahead through a bespoke retro glass shopfront is the spectacle of Casa Lapin: from the antique lamps to the custom wooden furniture and benches, everything just reeks of[…]

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Bubble Cafe JJ – Hole in the wall coffee bar for weekend shoppers

6.5
Bubble Cafe JJ

Tourists in Thailand’s capital Bangkok follow a familiar path: a few temples by the river, some thai food, plenty of beer, and of course shopping. On the weekend, tourists and locals flock to the sprawling Chatuchak (JJ) market in the north of the city. But it’s usually cheap clothes and souvenirs they are hunting for, not gourmet coffee. Indeed on the many times I’ve come here I never had the sense that a decent coffee was anywhere to be found[…]

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92000 Cafe & Bistro – A decent option in Lad Prao

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92000 Cafe & Bistro

Outside of the more “Farang Friendly” zones of Bangkok, your chances of getting a good coffee drop quite considerably. Especially along Lad Prao between Rachada and The Mall, where there are very few cafes aside from the odd Thai-Style ‘Rahn Kaffee’: dealing mainly in sweet iced coffees and typical spongey cakes to locals who are less demanding of the quality of the espresso. I was quite surprised then to find a very cool little cafe called 92000 Cafe & Bistro[…]

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Pacamara – Serious roasters serve Slayer brews in style

8.3
Pacamara at Rain Hill

When I describe walking into a shop with three grinders and a Slayer sitting around, one could imagine I’m talking about some kind of torture chamber. But for those who know their espressos, they’ll know what I’m really talking about is coffee making equipment, and that such equipment is always a sign of good coffee. Pacamara is the latest retail outlet for the Espresso Friend group who, true to their name, seem to have been pushing the gourmet coffee movement forward in[…]

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Ceresia Coffee Roasters – New Star Rising in Phrom Phong

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Ceresia Coffee Roasters

Having spent so much of last year travelling, I hadn’t kept my finger on the coffee pulse in Bangkok. If I had, I would have known about Ceresia long ago, since they’ve been open around 7 months now. After my first trip there today, I can be sure I’ll be back many more times in the future! Ceresia Coffee Roasters is conveniently located on Sukhumvit 33/1, opposite the Fuji Super supermarket and only 5 minutes walk from BTS Phrom Phong. Upon[…]

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Holly Brown – Chain serves up first decent Hong Kong Coffee

6.8
Holly Brown Hong Kong

After a few days of uninspiring coffee in Hong Kong it was refreshing to come across Holly Brown. With a chain of cafes throughout different areas of HK, Holly Brown roast their own beans in house, including a house blend and some Single Origin varieties. I tried the branch in the up market shopping centre K11 in Tsim Sha Tsui. The atmosphere was like that of a desert cafe or ice cream shop, which isn’t surprising considering they also seem[…]

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Charlie Brown Cafe – All show and not much else

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Charlie Brown Cafe Hong Kong

It’s probably fair to say that Hong Kong is not known for its’ coffee. Shopping, yes; bankers, yes; but you don’t hear people raving about the coffee scene here. Charlie Brown Cafe is a perfect example to illustrate why. This will be one of the rare times I review a cafe that doesn’t ‘make the cut’, simply because this cafe might be of interest for the novelty factor, especially for families. In the style of many Asian cafes, Charlie Brown Cafe[…]

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Roots Coffee Roaster Bangkok – Brilliant House Roasted Coffee at Ekkamai 15

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Roots - Welcome to the coffee lab

Let’s get one thing straight: Roots is without exception the best coffee in Bangkok. Gourmet Coffee is following Wine’s meteoric rise to mainstream popularity in Bangkok, and there are many solid options to choose from these days. But you’ll stop your search for that ever-elusive perfect cup as soon as you set foot in here. Roots Coffee Roaster Bangkok is run by Khun Dae, the owner and founder of the cafe that could be said to have started the rise[…]

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