One of our favourite cafés when we visited Bangkok earlier this year was Roast Coffee & Eatery. From the ambiance and service to the excellent food and coffee, what was there not to like?

This round we learned that their HQ – literally where the beans are roasted and their pastries are baked, a roastery cum central kitchen – is open to the public on weekends as a coffee bar.

It’s a simple set up with plenty of wood used in the décor (they use a local carpenter who makes furniture from rescued wood). No nonsense, very different from Roast but beautiful in its own way all the same.

We order a little of everything. A flat white and an espresso made using their Bruna house blend (40% honey-processed Thai Prao District, 40% Brazil Carmo de Minas Fazenda Serrado, 20% Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca Injertal). We also had the Guatemala as a pour over and a cold brew Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere.

All decent but the highlight must surely be the cold brew Yirgacheffe. Floral and tea-like, with a light acidity. Delicious. Perfect for sipping slowly on a warm, sunny weekend.

There’s no cashier; you are welcomed to leave what you desire in their “honesty box” though 100 baht for coffee and 50 baht per pastry is recommended. Pay more or less depending on your satisfaction; we think most customers will depart as happy as we did.

今年三月到曼谷出差時,我們去泡了一家叫Roast Coffee & Eatery的咖啡館。
無論食物、咖啡還是環境都很不錯,是一家我們很喜歡的咖啡館。
這次再到曼谷,我們則去了他們一家新開的分店Roots。
說是分店也好像不對,因為雖然Roots才開業不久, 但它卻是Roast的‘辦公室’。
Roast所用的咖啡豆子和提供的糕點就是在這裡烘焙的。
週一到週五工作日時并不對外開放,
只有在週六和星期天;公眾才能到那享用咖啡和糕點。
雖然只是辦公室,但經過大量的原木裝潢和一番簡單的佈置后,
這裡的環境和氣氛還挺不錯的,和Roast是兩種截然不同的風格。

當天我們每人都喝了兩杯咖啡,
馬少點的是Flat White和 Espresso,
而我則點了手滴Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca Injertal和冰釀 Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere。
卡布奇諾我沒試,不過那杯Espresso我倒試了兩口。
剛開始時有股煙燻的味道我不是很喜歡,不過卻越喝越順口、好喝。
而我個人最喜歡的要數冰釀 Yirgacheffe。
淡淡的花香中帶點果酸,加上輕盈的口感,
大熱天里喝上一口,絕對是一種享受。
Roots還有一點挺有趣的,那就是他們沒有收銀櫃檯或收銀員。
有的只是一個錢箱和建議收費。
一杯咖啡的建議收費是100泰銖,而一份糕點則是50泰銖。
要給多少就隨自己的心意吧。


Roots
Ekamai Terrace #2-4, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Sat-Sun 12pm-6pm / Mon-Fri closed
+66-88-190-5950
www.facebook.com/RootsBkk

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November 8, 2013

Comments

It’s secret barista code.

… just kidding. (Though not entirely.) 😉

My guess only the café folks would know for sure. Do drop them a line at their Facebook page (link provided at the end of the post.)

可能泰国人真的很善良,我可能会忍不住给很多小费咧~
工作室其实业不错,我觉得进入门口当下的咖啡味一定会扑鼻而来,然后坐在充满咖啡味的周围开始一天的享受!

The Thais are amazing folks, Xiaoluan. Friendly, warm and generous. The owner, Varatt Vichit-Vadakan or simply Tae, told me that initially it was a really small operation so they didn’t have enough hands to man a cashier, hence the idea for an honesty box or jar. I think it’s great!

Ah, all the more reason we need to come up with a Bangkok café guide for you to explore all the great coffee spots in the Thai capital! Watch out for it! 😉

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