Thailand is one of the world’s biggest producers of coffee beans. Over the last ten years, a coffee trend has hit Thailand which has made it one of the most preferred destinations for coffee lovers. The authentic taste of the homegrown and brewed coffee is something which cannot be matched by the mass-producing coffee conglomerates.Now, there are a lot of shops where you can get quality coffee in Thailand, but in this article, we will discuss the best places you can find coffee. So get ready to sip along!
The traditional Thai coffee is dark as most of the beans available here are of the Robusta variety. It is served dark, with sweet, and condensed milk to balance out the bitterness of the coffee itself. If you have tasted Vietnamese coffee, Thai coffee is quite similar to that. These beans are available to be bought from a variety of providers, the major one being Trung Nguyen, an online portal from where you can buy beans are well as powdered coffee.
But these days, the trend is changing, with the government removing fields growing opium and investing in the Arabica variety of coffee. Though the most popular arabica in Thailand right now is Catimor (The variety is a hybrid of the Timor Hybrid and Caturra), the people are investing more and more in the quality of the coffee, which is quite significantly reflected in the coffee shops of today. Arabica is being preferred more in Thailand these days as they are cheaper to produce and give an equally bitter and sweet taste, with a mesmerising aroma.
Both these varieties are available from online retailers as well as the coffee shops in Thailand. A variety of Robusta, Creative ONE starts from around THB 200 up to THB 1200. Another variety, called the Legendee Coffee, starts from THB 2500.
If there are a few brands which you should know about for purchasing coffee, they are Doi Chang (Mountain Elephant) and Doi Tung (Mountain Flag).
This place has been one of the biggest players when it comes to the coffee field when it comes to the flavours or the service, it nails them all. This western themed cafe offers a variety of foods and coffees, with one exception, instead of focusing upon the western kind of coffee, it specialises in Thai coffee, i.e., the beans are grown in Thailand.
M/F, The Commons, 335 Thonglor Soi 17, Bangkok, Thailand
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Monday to Sunday)
Khwaeng Wat Sam Phraya, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Tuesday to Sunday)
These young owners, who have a knack of developing new and better methods of coffee production in collaboration with the tribes of northern Thailand are ready to bring in a new wave of coffee in Thailand. They aim at building Thailand as the base of coffee where the beans are the highest in quality, ever more transparent and ever more socially responsible. The roasters have collaborated with a fashion line, One Ounce For Onion, which gives these places quite a unique look. A personal recommendation is an Iced Coffee. You can also get cakes, waffles and sandwiches to munch on.
Siam Discovery Department Store, 3rd Floor, O.D.S Zone 989 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, BangkokContact:
Tel: 095-947-2813??Opening Hours:10:00 AM to 10:00 PM(Monday to Sunday)
Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 11, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai
Opening hours:8:30 AM to 7:00 PM (Monday to Sunday)
This is one of the most famous places for coffee in Thailand since it is dedicated to the northern Thailand tribe of Akha. The cafe grows its own coffee beans, with the help of the tribe and thus makes some really delicious coffee. They are green coffee producers who have a wonderful shop ambience to go with it. This coffee shop has gained a reputation worldwide for its authentic taste. So if you’re in town, do not miss the chance of visiting this place!
9/1 Mata Apartment, Hussadhisewee rd, soi 3 Chang Phuak, Chiang MaiOpening hours:8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (Monday to Sunday)
A place which is often regarded as the ‘hidden gem’, the Asama cafe is located 15 minutes from the main city of Ching Mai and overlooks the beautiful Doi Suthep Mountains. The cafe itself is in a gated community, so very few people actually know about the place. But this place is worth the search, because the owner herself is one of the judges for the national barista competition, and that makes us highly confident of the quality of coffee which being served here.
With a lot of coffee varieties available in the menu, this cafe will never disappoint you, so give this place a chance when you’re on the way to the airport, which it is very close to.
122/128 Chiang Mai Lakeland, Chiang Mai
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (closed 1st and 15th day of the month)
Tel: 088 658 0002
11:30 AM to 11:30 PM(Monday to Sunday)
445/1 Phuket Road
10:30 AM to 8 PM(Monday to Sunday)
373/13 Moo.9 Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya
8:00 AM to 7:00 PM(Monday to Sunday)
Address:These were some of the many new and upcoming places for coffee in Thailand. Since the major coffee districts are Bangkok and Ching Mai, most of these shops and cafes are located in prime locations. So on your next trip to Thailand, don’t forget our recommendations and try something new yourself!
180, Moo 10, Beach Road G Floor, Pattaya
7:30 AM to 10:30 PM(Sunday to Saturday)