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 shop didn’t simply spring up overnight randomly, either. It’s the rebranded P&F Coffee shop, and there seems to be a fair bit of expertise in the shop about how to make a good espresso. These days they are serving beans by Brave Roasters, and the barista puts them to good use. I tried a Thai blend as an espresso, and it was so good I had two! Not too heavy and acidic, plenty of character on the finish and slightly sweet even without sugar. Just right.
The shop has a familiar feel to it if you’ve been around the Bangkok cafe scene, with lashings of wood, a slightly industrial feel and a sprinkling of hessian. But Factory Espresso Bar have added their own flourishes too with some great little table top plants in glass jars, and the atmosphere is super chill. An eclectic selection of Golden Oldies plays discretely while friends hang out at the bar chatting with the staff. Kids are perched out front scoffing 30 baht take-away boxes of Phad Graprow. It feels like a proper local should: casual, friendly and un-pretentious.
A range of other drinks is on offer, as are some reasonably priced baked goods like brownies and croissants. Definitely worth stopping in here if you’re in the neighbourhood!