Drinking coffee in Thailand has changed a lot in recent years.
Traditional Thai coffee is made with ground coffee by moving a kind of sleeve through hot water. Then add lots of sugar, and drink. We never found it really tasty.
You might see Nescafé as traditional Thai coffee as well. Many Thai people like to drink it, and it is served very often. In hotels, at breakfast, and even in restaurants you get Nescafe, even now.
A few years ago, in Prachuap Khiri Khan, we saw something new, real espresso. In front of a rice trade someone had put down a few tables, and made a kind of bar, containing a few types of coffee, and a real espresso machine. In the morning at the market buy something to eat, and eat it with a good cup of espresso. Yummy!
Now you see coffee chains such as Café Amazon, Black Canyon Coffee, Coffee World
and Starbucks everywhere in Thailand.
There are also many smaller chaines and individual shops.
The quality of the coffee is good, but the price is a bit high.
At petrol stations there is often a coffee shop, sometimes part of a chain, sometimes not.
The coffee, whether you want hot or cold coffee, is almost always good,
a pleasant break after a few hours on the road.
Like everywhere in Thailand you should not hurry, preparing coffee takes a while, but that does not matter. Most coffee shops do look nice, so waiting there is relaxing.
In the north of Thailand coffee is grown. We think this coffee very tasty, usually we take a few packs to the Netherlands.
The most famous brand is Doi Tung, named after the mountain in Chiang Rai. This is coffee that is grown with the help of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation.
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