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 Phrang, the scene was a typical ‘Thai-Thai’ street, and my initial expectations were of a typical Thai cafe serving slightly too bitter espresso from inferior beans.
However the very welcoming owner, roaster and barista, Mink, found his love of coffee on the streets of Sydney while studying there, and came back to Thailand with a passion to roast coffee in his own style. After four years he has worked his way through ceaseless trial and error from a small 1kg Roaster up to a 15kg Giesen churning out around 2 tonnes of his own imported and Thai blends each month for the domestic market.
As you would expect from a business selling that kind of quantity of beans each month, the coffee is good. Sampling their imported blend of Ethiopia, Brazil and Guatemala beans as an espresso, I was immediately impressed by the coffee’s strong body, but smooth balanced palate. Not too much bitterness, and a pleasing caramel finish. So good I had another.
The cafe is a bit small, so don’t bring large groups here, and don’t expect a big western brunch menu either. But it is a family run business and the staff are all exceptionally friendly and welcoming. All up I stayed about an hour being given a tour of the very professional roasting facilities and chatting with Mink. Flow Coffee Bar is a bit out of the way, but given the lack of other options nearby, you won’t the 10 minute walk from Central Rama 9, and I’m confident you’ll be back again and again.