I+D Style Café x Brave Roasters, Bangkok

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Who says you can’t find any decent coffee in a shopping mall?

In Bangkok, at least, you can get a very decent cortado or single origin filter brew even if you’re in the harried midst of a retail maelstrom. During our past couple of trips to the Thai capital, we’ve discovered a hidden gem for coffee after book-hunting in Kinokuniya at Siam Paragon. Just head next door to Siam Center.

Located on the ground floor of Siam Center, towards the rear, is I+D Style Café X Brave Roasters. Why the unwieldy name? It’s a sort of mix-and-match shop, you see, part handicraft haven curated by the local Department of International Trade Promotion (hence the I+D moniker) and part coffee bar manned by baristas from Brave Roasters (and featuring beans by Brave Roasters too, naturally).

One of the pleasures of drinking coffee by Brave Roasters is the good range of Thai beans, mainly from Chiang Mai, alongside the more common varieties from Africa, South America and Indonesia. Besides filter brews, try their signature cold brews served up in whiskey bottles; there are two flavours, Sukhumvit or Origins.

Light bites are made fresh in their open kitchen/bar (remarkable for what is essentially a tiny corner of the mall). The quinoa and chickpea salad is healthy and filling. For something with more heat (just a tad), go for the spicy coconut chicken wrap, best paired with a sparkling black (an espresso mixed with sparkling water).

Or just kick back with a cappuccino and good book. Relax and watch the shoppers go by. You’re in Bangkok, after all.

去年最後一次到訪曼谷時,我們住在一家靠近Siam Paragon和Siam Center的酒店。
商場還未開門營業,我們就已經在Siam Center外徘徊,
尋找著一家叫做I+D Style Café x Brave Roasters的咖啡館的位置。
這家由當地國際貿易促進部和烘豆商Brave Roasters所聯手打造;
結合了設計與咖啡的咖啡館位於Siam Center底層後方的一角,

由威士忌瓶裝著的冷泡咖啡,共有Sukhumvit or Origins兩種選擇。
從咖啡館的名字就知道豆子都由Brave Roasters所提供,
Brave Roasters是一家我們很喜歡的烘豆商(也是咖啡館),
上個月我們到Siam Paragon看完戲和逛完書店后,又再度來到了這裡,

I+D Style Café x Brave Roasters
G/F, Siam Center, Rama 1 Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
Mon-Sun 10am-10pm

Kenny is a writer. CK is a photographer. Together they café-hop around the world and have contributed to The Malay Mail Online, Time Out, and other cool publications. Read more of Kenny’s stories at Life for Beginners and check out CK’s photography at Devil's Tales 胡思亂想.

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