Presenting a carefully selected list of craft coffee shops for those with coffee in their bloodstreams
Given how countless coffee shops and cafés have become in the past couple of years both as an industry and Instagrammable fads, it is getting rather difficult to separate between the two from time to time.
Bangkok 101 has put the editorial team’s blood to caffeine ratio on the line, trial and tested and put together a list of specialty coffee shops that all ‘coffee folks’ and ‘caffeine addicts’ would deem must-visits. How many of these places match your favourite haunt(s)?
This Bangkok based coffee shop does brewing, roasting, café consulting, barista training and coffee catering. Their baristas earned multiple awards including Top 13 World Barista Champion, Barista Champion, 1st Runner-up TNBC, Indy Barista Champion, and 4th runner-up latte art 20. A few of their signature menus are cocktail style coffees which are mixed, poured and served in front of you with little gimmicks such as smoke and spray.
49 Phayathai Rd.
Open daily: 8am-6pm
Tel: 080 958 8050
One highlight at this small café located in a great spot is the Australian style coffee or flat white which is equal parts smooth steamed milk and espresso. Bagged local, Campos—superior blend and House Blend coffee beans are also sold here.
56 Lat Phrao Soi 73
Open daily: 8am-6pm
Tel: 092 551 7300
Don’t leave Brave Roasters without tasting their applewood fumed/smoked coffee. After years of working with both local and global suppliers and participating in world-class competitions, the company does wholesaling, consulting, workshop, catering and selling coffee from a limited edition, blend, Thai and international beans.
2F Seenspace Thonglor, 251/1 Thong Lo Soi 13
Open daily: 9am-6pm
Tel: 095 947 2813
This coffee stand complements the local urban lifestyle in the CBD. It even lists iced cappuccino on its menu. The house blend is not any inferior to the specialty selection which customers can pick between the two beans for their drink.
Sathon Soi 8, Silom
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm
Tel: 095 568 2690
This home brewer pays attention to Thai coffee farmers and carefully source their beans. The macchiato menus are a must. Barista and latte art workshops are occasionally hosted.
6/2 Ekkamai Soi 12, Sukhumvit Soi 63 Rd.
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm, closed on Tue
Tel: 080 169 9824
This caffetteria takes its espresso shots very seriously. Adhering to Italian style coffee, no syrup or sweetener is recommended. Most of their coffee menus are made hot.
26 Moo3 Nakornin Rd.
Open: Tue-Fri 8am-6pm,
Tel: 082 244 4562
Kaizen gained its reputation for the creation of experimental beverage, Nitro Coldbrew. They are also the first to introduce Coffee on Tap in Thailand’s coffee hospitality.
888 6-7 Ekkamai Rd.
Open daily: 8am-6pm
Tel: 064 016 3038
The baristas have international barista championship experience. House espresso is uniquely served in a cone-shaped cup. Premium coffee beans are available to choose from Geisha 1931, Geisha Lot 68, 79 for filter coffee, and especially the auctioned Ethiopia Diamond beans.
1F Zen Department Store at CentralWorld
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Tel: 080 837 8878
Backed by the same team as Bluetamp Café, this petit coffee stand has its own signature menu, LittleBlue Special (LB Ekkamai Coffee) which deeply blends quality coffee, creamy milk and special syrup together. Don’t underestimate the little portion of their coffee for it’s packed with flavours and of course, intensity.
418 Ekkamai Soi 24
Open: Tue-Sun 9am-6pm
Tel: 02 000 6669
Relocated to a new location in Soi San Chao Rong Kueak near the Marine Dept Pier (N4) in Talad Noi, the new shop now includes a sizeable seating area with a narrow terrace overlooking the Chao Phraya River.
Standing on the second floor of an old storage building, the coffee fans must enter through the storage room downstairs with a partially cleared path for the staircase to get to the coffee shop above, lending to a super rustic yet unintentionally instagrammable atmosphere.
1172/8 Soi San Chao Rong Kueak
Tel: 061 216 2277
The best-buy spot for city office crowds, with the catchy motto of “We don’t drink coffee to wake up, we wake up to drink coffee.” The staff do coffee activities and attend contests to improve their knowledge, skills and serve quality beverages. They also sell bagged coffee from local farms and one of a kind, seasonal signatures. Levels of sweetness can be customised.
106/2 South Sathon Rd.
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 8am-4:30pm, closed on Sun
Tel: 098 846 6175
Nana Coffee Roasters house awarded siphonist, coffee workshops, and Esmeralda Geisha seeds.
445/8 Pradit Manutham Rd.
Open: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm,
closed on Wed
Tel: 095 919 7123
This coffee institution specialises in house-roasted, premium and rare imported Geisha beans. Regularly practising slow bar concept, Red Diamond baristas attentively brew and craft coffee right at the counter while coffee discussions are casually initiated.
733 Pradit Manutham Rd.
Open daily: 7am-6pm
Tel: 065 893 6287
This hidden legend is known for simple yet complex black, non-acidic coffees. You definitely don’t want to ask for extra sweetness from this place. There are many menus, but from personal experience, the owner/barista only wants to make what he thinks is best. So listen to his suggestions and you’ll get one of the best javas you’ll ever experience in Bangkok.
73 Nak Niwat Rd.
Open daily: 9am-3pm
Tel: 090 932 5595
Just like the name, Roots promotes transparent background and strongly supports local coffee farms and farmers. They are famous for their classic coffees and cold brew menus, but also have an array of seasonal drinks to try.
33,31 Bhiraj Tower
Open daily: 7am-7:30pm
Tel: 082 091 6175
A showroom that sells professional coffee-making equipment.
Promphan Building 2, Lat Phrao Soi 3
Open: Mon-Sat 8:30-5pm
Tel: 081 979 9565
Uses local coffee beans from Doi Tung
GF Samyan Mitrtown, Rama IV Rd.
Tel: 02 234 6211
A training centre that supports people with disabilities and zero waste concept.
29/8 Charonmit, Ekamai Soi 10
Open daily: 9am-6pm
Tel: 062 115 2260
Customisable coffee in each and every step.
41, 52/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm
Tel: 064 014 9020
The first coffee bar in Bangkok that crafts and serves drinks in Chef’s Table style courses.
302 Seri soi 9, Suan Luang Rd.
Open daily: 8am-5pm
Tel: 083 865 8294