For a minute there, we forget that we are in the tree-lined Soi Sukhumvit 26 of Phrom Phong. We are transported from humid Bangkok to summery Tokyo: all natural light and blonde woods and… bicycles? Sora City is a bicycle company first and foremost, specialising in their own brand of functional and beautiful city bikes. Their vintage-style two-wheelers are all minimalist in design, inspired by the Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetic. All clean lines, just like the café itself. Stylish bicycle frames, saddles, helmets and accessories…Continue Reading “Sora City, Bangkok”

Sometimes it’s good to know what to expect before you even arrive at your destination.

Such was the case with Casa Lapin x26, the fourth branch of the Bangkok-based café company that we’ve visited in recent years. (And because we enjoy staying in the Phrom Phong neighbourhood, this is the branch we tend to return to time and again.)

With coffee beans sourced from Thai roasters such as Pacamara, Roots and Brave Roasters, the quality of our cuppas are always consistent. The joy is in discovering what else they have to offer here.

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This is the second in a series of city-specific café-hopping guides around the world, based on our articles in Sunday Mail’s Crave magazine.

Forget about iced lemongrass tea. For the freshest sips in Bangkok, hop on over to these popular cafés and boutique roasters serving specialty coffee in the Thai capital.

Most are conveniently located in the trendy Sukhumvit-Thonglor-Ekamai neighbourhood. A quick motorcycle taxi (motosai lapjang) ride from the nearest BTS Skytrain station, and you are ready for some seriously good brews.

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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).

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Originally introduced to the West by Masaaki Imai, Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement. While typically used as part of business strategy, Australian-educated Thai barista Bow Anw and two partners are redefining the term to showcase the growth and journey of specialty coffee in Bangkok.

Located on the quiet end of Ekamai (far away from the BTS station), Kaizen Coffee Co. has an über clean, all white décor. Minimalist lines are the only furnishings (if one could call it that) on the feature wall. This helps to put all the attention on the coffee, particularly the process of brewing it, thanks to a prominent espresso and brew bar.

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