I'm a coffee lover from Portland, Oregon. I want real coffee but realize that it's often hard to find when on the road. If you're heading to Chiang Mai and need a real kick lovingly prepared by a serious barista, head to Ponganes Espresso in the old city about 5 minutes by foot from Tha Pae Gate. This cafe was opened by the owner and his girlfriend just 2 months ago. They do coffee, nothing more...maybe a free banana! The mocha is prepared with his own cocoa sauce and the little piccalo is the perfect balance of strong espresso and a dash of milk.
Info: 127/1 Moon Mung Rd Soi 5
Next to Baan Klang Vieng hostel
Info: 127/1 Moon Mung Rd. Soi
#1 heddenswest has been a member since 7/1/2011. Posts: 32
There's a guy beside the KT Guest House, in the Huai Kwang area of Bangkok, who has a little street-side coffee bar with a Rancilio Silvia espresso machine and beans from his uncle's organic plantation up near Chiangmai.
I have a Rancilio Silvia and nearly fell over when I saw his sitting on the counter. I was able to avoid Nescafe and Triple-Mix for, at least, a couple of days.
Thanks for the recommendation above.
It isn't like the old days anymore when, like Tilapia says, you had your choice of Nescafe or Triple-Mix. There are some great coffees to be had travelling around southeast Asia and I don't mean Starbucks.
I've been to that hole-in-the-wall coffee bar Tilapia mentions right near the KT Guest House. It was fantastic, affordable, and the people who work there as nice as can be.
Another gem I discovered was Teacher Coffee in Kamphaeng Phet, in a little shack up past Three J Guest House and then maybe 300 meters to the left along the main road. Great coffee prepared just like the one mentioned by the OP.