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 options. As well as coffee and tea, they feature a full range of wine, beer and cocktails for those corporate lunch meetings and lavish dinners.
Kuppa advertise themselves as Bangkok’s first dedicated coffee house, and their factory-grade roasting setup is a major feature in their cafe. So then you would expect their coffee to be top notch. They offer a full range of espresso serving styles, so I tried my usual, a macchiato. There was no mention of where the espresso beans originated from, so I assume they’re serving a blend. Sadly, compared to many places I’ve tried here in Bangkok, this was far from the most impressive coffee I’ve had. Too bitter, and not a great deal of character. Who knows what went wrong, perhaps an inexperienced barista? I’ll be back again to try their single origin french press coffee.
If you’re a die-hard third-wave coffee-snob like me, you might like to choose from some other cafes in Bangkok, however if what you value is lavish surroundings and the full cafe-dining experience, then you’re bound to enjoy Kuppa. They have a great atmosphere with gentle background music and comfortable seating in a high-ceiling space that makes you feel at ease. Service is prompt, polite, friendly and professional, but lacking the personal warmth and first-name basis relationships you’ll get at the smaller cafes.