Sunday morning in Copenhagen has the air of barely-woken-up-ness. The city seems to be still stuck in slumber.

When I arrive at the café, its doors had just opened. Inside there is only a single barista, still deep in his calibration tasks. I’m the first customer of the day. Sweet.

This Godthåbsvej coffee shop is the third and newest of The Coffee Collective “bars”; it’s also their head office and roaster. Housed in an industrial building in Frederiksberg, the café has an aged charm that extends to the aforementioned barista. I had already visited their original shop at Jægersborggade and this has a different feel, albeit with the same attention to natural light and space.

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This Saturday, seasoned café-hopping duo Sujian Khor and Chris Yap launch their maiden F&B effort with Wild Sheep Chase, their vision of a Taiwanese-inspired dessert café. Fans of novelist Haruki Murakami may recognise the name as the title of one his books; close friends would have heard Yap affectionately calling Khor his “Sayang” (which in Mandarin sounds like “Silly Sheep”).

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If you’re a regular patron of Bangkok’s coffee scene, you’d know most of the indie cafés are in Sukhumvit, predominantly the Phrom Phong, Thong Lor and Ekamai stretch. Head elsewhere and you might be hard pressed to find a decent spot for your cappuccino fix. Further down south in Silom, residents are learning they don’t have to trek far for their cuppa: enter I Am Coffee.

Located on Sathorn Soi 8, a few minutes’s walk from the Chong Nonsi BTS, I Am Coffee is the epitome of a hidden-away café. As with the cliché of such secluded sanctuaries, it is also quite a treasure. The coffee – espresso-based – is top-notch. The baristas are friendly and earnest, and more than happy to strike up a conversation if they’re not too busy.

The furnishing is an easygoing mix-and-match that doesn’t overwhelm. Books, plants, and comfortable chairs make for a relaxing ambiance. If you manage to get a window seat, look outside onto an alley corner suffused with bamboos, palms and banana plants. Rest your eyes and your nerves after navigating the bustle of Bangkok.

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