186 Cafe&Bar Review in Mae Joe, Chiang Mai Thailand

186 Cafe&Bar

Mae Joe Chiang Mai Thailand

Today’s Coffee Geek featured is with P’Bang from 186 Cafe&Bar.

It was our first Facebook Live broadcast where we had the opportunity to have Stumptown Coffee with the Aeropress.

Was a great brew.. Special thanks to P’Bang for treating us for the day.

Transcription-

Tim:

Tim here, coming to you again with another episode of Coffee Geek TV. We’re coming to you live from the 186 Cafe and Bar. Here’s my good friend, Bang, and we’ve got something special for you today.

We’re introducing AeroPress coffee. I’m excited about this because we’ve never showcased Aeropress Coffee in these videos.

We’re using a coffee brand known as Stumptown Coffee Roasters from the U.S. I think it’s from Portland, What are your thoughts on this coffee?

 

Bang: I love the taste. It’s a Direct Trade which goes from the farm straight to the roaster

Tim: They’ve roasted it for pour overs and Aeropress coffee, right? Let’s get straight into it.
What do you usually do when you’re making pour over coffee? What’s your favorite style of coffee?

Bang: I usually do pour overs. But after I attended the Bangkok Aeropress Championships, I developed a taste for Aeropress coffee.

Tim: It was the first Aeropress Championship, right? I remember seeing the pictures.

Bang: Yes.

Tim: So what are you doing with the coffee now? You’ve just weighed it? How much does it weigh?

Bang: About 20g

Tim: 20g. So you’re going to put 20g of coffee in the grinder? So we’re going old school, hand ground, which is exciting.

Adam, Matt, and Chang! HI! Happy to see you guys.

That was quick. Gee, you’re strong!

I want to tell you a bit about Bang’s cafe. You’ll find it about 15 minutes north of the old city of Chiang Mai. It’s 13 km away, right across from the University, It’s in a fantastic location that will entice school kids to come over, have coffee and study.

I want to do a pan view of this cafe. You can see how beautiful this space is. Bang’s had it for about a year, and it’s an architectural marvel, and beautifully laid out. There’s a beautiful mezzanine floor. It’s going to be a little go to place to do some work.

We’re not doing the inverted, but usual Aeropress. You just put the coffee grinder over the top. You put a nice paper filter at the bottom. You may use a metal filter. You may get a bit of dust at the bottom of your cup.

We’re just trying to get the water temperature right. What water temperature are you using at the moment?

Bang: The manual recommends 80 degrees Celsius

Tim: 80. That’s fantastic. That’s interesting because I was in Japan, where I went to a fancy cafe bar. The barista was brewing coffee between 78 and 82 degrees. The amazing thing is that it’s more full-bodied. The standard is usually 88 to 92 degrees. But I guess that’s what coffee’s about, experimenting and finding out how to get the best flavor. Let’s take a look.

Bang: It’s still boiling.

Tim: You’ve got to be a bit patient. We’ll wait for that temperature to drop.

Tim: While waiting for the temperature to drop, let’s take a look at this. Is it a little Kennex?

Bang: It’s actually for cold brewed matcha tea.
(Puts one jar facing the other)

Tim: I love coffee, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like tea. After I’ve had a few coffees, I’ll need lunch by 5 p.m. to flush it out of my system.
(looking at coffee0 It’s about 90 degrees now, we’re trying to get it down to 80. Did you do anything to the water? Do you use a particular type of water or do you just use regular water?

Bang: I try to experiment. I learned that mineral water improves the taste of the coffee.

Tim: Really? Just pure water?

Bang: Do you remember the AHma Coffee Farm that we visited? They use water from the mountain.

Tim: Spring water is the best, right? It’s got the right PH level and the good mineral content.

Tim: I told Bang this morning that I usually do a V60 -type coffee in the morning. I experimented with mineral water and noticed a difference with the way the water boils.

So the ground is at the bottom, so we’ll just fill it up. I’m not sure about Bang’s style of doing the Aeropress. Everyone’s got a different style. Some people get it right in there and get the grounds wet, while others get it right in there and stir. There’s no right or wrong way to make coffee.

Bang: Andy, my friend, tends a coffee bar over in Chiang Mai called Sammi. But they just moved to Lambeth. They used to be an Aeropress bar.

Tim: I remember! I was supposed to do a coffee geek episode there. I’ll have to check them out.

Tim:: Interesting aromas. There’s a black tea smell coming from there.

Bang: (showing the tea bag) Black tea

Tim: Look at that! Winner. But there’s also a subtle sweetness coming from that, right?

Tim: So what have we got here? Cranberry, Palm and Black Tea. The cranberry will add to the flavor, as opposed to the aroma. He’s giving it a pour between them just to get the smell moving through it. Would you like to try it with me?

Tim: As they say in Thailand, Chung Gae Ong.

Black tea.

Bang: For Mr. Cameraman.

Time: Mr. Cameraman, give it a try. It’s a bit zesty around the edges. It’s a full=bodied brew. I sense that it’s purely black tea driven. I don’t get much of the cranberry. But there’s a sour taste, which is what probably comes from it.

It’s quite a tasty coffee.

Bang: I’ve never actually tasted cranberries.

So here from Tim, Bang and Camera-man Grant coming to you with another episode of Coffee Geek TV.

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Tim is the coffee aficionado behind coffeegeek.tv, based in South East Asia, Tim loves reviewing cafes and sharing coffee knowledge with fellow coffee fanatics. Tim is also the co-founder of the Digital Marketing agency - Launchpresso Digital Marketing

Rocket Coffeebar S.49 | Bangkok Thailand

Rocket Coffeebar S.49

Thong Lor & Ekamai | Bangkok | Thailand

Rocket Coffeebar S.49 was a great little discovery recommended by my good friend and creator of eggsontoast.today – Sam. The cafe has a variety of gourmet dishes and coffee on their menu including some specialty coffee options.

Its location is tucked away within the soi’s of Thonglor, it would be recommended that you take a taxi or motorbike taxi to get there.

Transcription:

Hey, Geeks! Welcome to another episode of Coffee Geek TV. Let me introduce you to my good old mate, Sam. I haven’t seen him for a couple of months and am here to catch up with him.

Find Rocket s49 on Sukhumvit Soi 49 in Bangkok. It’s fantastic because this is the first episode of Cofee Geek TV in Bangkok. The coffee’s good. I just needed a small cup with a bit of whack. I love this one. Do check it out. You’ll enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this place. They’re ultra modern at fit in with the coffee shops in this area. Anyway, coming to you again with another episode of Coffee Geek TV. Peace.

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image credit: Sam from http://eggsontoast.today/ and Sapparot on Pinterest

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Tim is the coffee aficionado behind coffeegeek.tv, based in South East Asia, Tim loves reviewing cafes and sharing coffee knowledge with fellow coffee fanatics. Tim is also the co-founder of the Digital Marketing agency - Launchpresso Digital Marketing

% Arabica | Kyoto Japan

% Arabica

Kyoto Japan

 

After first visiting % Arabica in Hong Kong, I was stoked with the opportunity to check them out in Kyoto..

Having 2 Slayer espresso machines and a Tornado roaster they pump out some pretty amazing coffee! Super impressed with what these % Arabica do.

Transcription:

Hello,

Tim is coming to you again with another episode of Coffee Geek TV.

Listen up. I’m here at the % Arabica in Kyoto, Japan. This cafe rocks.

They have the Slayer machine as they’re the official distributors for Slayer machines in Japan. For all good reasons, they’re the Rolls Royce of espresso machines.

I was about to have a drip coffee, but they told me to have an espresso instead. I’m glad for this because there’s a Slayer machine here.

Anyway, I had a Honduras-Guatemala type beam variety. Like I tell you, it was unbelievable. The extraction they produced was on the mark. If you check out Instagram, you’ll see a video I took of the process.

I can’t rave enough about how good the espresso was. There are only a couple of times I’ve had a good espresso in my life. One was from the Spirit machine made in Holland. It was in a place in Chiang Mai. They had bean varieties from Melbourne. The best coffee I tried was in Hong Kong, in August last year. That cafe has branches around the world

The guy who owns this cafe is a successful businessman., so he has invested a lot of money in coffee. He’s got investments here in Kyoto, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates. He also has a Kona farm in Hawaii. He distributes Slayers and has cafes around the world.

The baristas here are fantastic at what they do. And that’s another extraordinary thing. They’ve got a tornado roasting machine that can roast beans within 15 or 20 minutes. iT prepares up to 100 grams of beans. They computerize everything and are accurate every time.

If you’re a purist, you might like their style. But I am on the fringe and prefer things hand done. It highlights craftsmanship and gives the taste of proper, hand-roasted coffee. But hey, I like the best of both worlds.

Thanks for tuning in again to Coffee Geek TV. If you want to reach out to me, subscribe below or check out the information below this video.

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Tim is the coffee aficionado behind coffeegeek.tv, based in South East Asia, Tim loves reviewing cafes and sharing coffee knowledge with fellow coffee fanatics. Tim is also the co-founder of the Digital Marketing agency - Launchpresso Digital Marketing

Vermillion Cafe | Kyoto Japan

Vermillion Cafe

Kyoto Japan

 

Really loved the owner and barista of Vermillion cafe.. Positioned perfectly for the foot traffic from Fushimi Inari and Araki Shrine’s. Great place to enjoy the scenery from the shrine hike..

Transcription:

Hey there, it’s Tim again with another episode of Coffee Geek TV. I’m here at a new cafe called Vermillion in the Fushimi Inari shrine in Japan. If you’re doing a bit of sightseeing and want to grab something, this is a brilliant espresso bar.

They use the beans from the Weekender’s Cafe, which you may know from my last video. You know that you’re going to get super quality beans and reasonably priced coffee. If you’re in the area, come and check it out. Tim again, from Coffee Geek TV. Peace out.

 

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Tim is the coffee aficionado behind coffeegeek.tv, based in South East Asia, Tim loves reviewing cafes and sharing coffee knowledge with fellow coffee fanatics. Tim is also the co-founder of the Digital Marketing agency - Launchpresso Digital Marketing

Weekenders Coffee Roastery | Kyoto Japan

Weekenders Coffee Roastery

Kyoto Japan

Weekenders Coffee was a pleasant discovery about a 15 minute walk from the hostel I was staying in. The cafe and roaster was located upstairs set in a very simple yet funky layout.

I loved their ‘Cherry Blueberry’ flavored Ethiopian Single Origin Yirgacheffe coffee so much I returned the next day for more coffee and buy some beans too. The owners are super friendly and helpful also… Check them out.

Transcription:

Hello, it’s Tim coming to you again with another episode of Coffee Geek TV.

Here I am in Kyoto Japan. I just stepped out, just trying to find any coffee. I heard about a coffee shop down the road, but it is not open because it’s Sunday here. I read a review about it. Someone complained that they could not use WIFI, but I have no qualms with that. It depends on what you want. I think that if you are looking for the experience, it’s best that you put the computer away. If you are looking to do work, go to a cafe like Starbucks where you can get it done.

I am a place called Weekenders after reading a review. Reviewers touted it as the best place to hang out. It’s more of an experience bar. You can see a stand-up bar and a counter with a barista. Behind me is a counter with a Provac. There is someone over here who has got his laptop out, following one of these roasting profiles.

They have an excellent selection of roasts. The beans come from around the world. They include Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya and other blends. They grind the beans and put them in little jars, which is a fantastic idea. I swayed towards the Ethiopian blend because it has these beautiful, fruity aromas. I taste blueberries and strawberries. I’m partial towards sweet coffee, and I like full-bodied stuff. There is a bit of caramelization there too. This blend is beautiful. Tim, coming to you again with another episode of Coffee Geek TV.

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Tim is the coffee aficionado behind coffeegeek.tv, based in South East Asia, Tim loves reviewing cafes and sharing coffee knowledge with fellow coffee fanatics. Tim is also the co-founder of the Digital Marketing agency - Launchpresso Digital Marketing

Coutume Cafe | Osaka Japan

Coutume

Osaka Japan

Apparently Coutume Cafe was permanently closed at this location the date of this post.

My first experience of Steampunk coffee… I wasn’t overwhelmed by the experience to be honest… Although watching the brewing technique in action intriguing, I actually found it the flavor quite watery and under extracted.. I hope one day I can get better experience of Steampunk coffee.

Transcription:

Hi,

I’m Tim coming to you again from Coffee Geek TV. I’ve come to a place called Coutume Coffee, a French cafe. They do innovative things here, and prepare coffee in a way I have never seen before. It’s called Steampunk.

Let me take you over here and show you how the machine looks. It’s a French press with a siphon built in together. The water rises to this level, and this is where the device compresses the beans. The coffee comes down through the same chamber.

This style of brewing coffee is slightly different. It is not my favorite, but you might want to give it a try. This place is a little difficult to find. If you are in Osaka, Japan, you have to go underground.

I can’t rate it when compared to the other coffees, but you win some and lose some. Tim, coming to again from Coffee Geek TV.

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Tim is the coffee aficionado behind coffeegeek.tv, based in South East Asia, Tim loves reviewing cafes and sharing coffee knowledge with fellow coffee fanatics. Tim is also the co-founder of the Digital Marketing agency - Launchpresso Digital Marketing

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