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Ponganes Cafe

Posted by heddenswest on 10/9/2011 at 11:51

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
Chiang Mai
Next to Baan Klang Vieng hostel
T. [url=tel:087-727-2980]087-727-2980[/url]
Www.Facebook.com/ponganeseespressobar
Info: 127/1 Moon Mung Rd. Soi

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Posted by Tilapia on 14/9/2011 at 02:11

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.

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Posted by exacto on 14/9/2011 at 03:36

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.

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