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Ristr8To Coffee – Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Ristr8To Coffee (adapted from the name ‘Ristretto’ which means a shorter espresso) is one of the most talked about cafe in Chiang Mai and probably Thailand. As a matter of fact, people in the coffee industry probably know this place as well. Reason because of the owner and head barista, Arnon is to date the only Thai that made it to the 6th place in the World Latte Art Championships in 2011, which was held in Netherlands. Although he has gotten a lot of public and media attention, Arnon is still pretty much a humble & shy guy. Graduated from Toby’s Estate of Australia in 2008, Arnon came back to Thailand to set up his cafe in 2012 after a series of  accolades during his stint in Australia, which includes the top position in the Latte Art Championship in Australia Capital in 2010.

Ristr8To Coffee is located slightly off where all the action is in Chiang Mai. However, when I visited him on a Sunday at 9am, that place is already quite packed. I was told seats are limited during peak hours. I just love the decor, and the black board that surrounds the whole cafe educating customers what they are drinking. Check out the pics below:

Entrance
There’s a little mezzanine to cater for people who love the outdoors.
Outside the cafe
Interior
Their roaster is behind
The chairs can be joined like puzzles.
Me selfie again haha
2 baristas rushing the multiple orders. Love this shot.
My first cup of Ficardie. Their own blend and has a good body, medium acidity and a fruity/wine character to it. Pretty awesome blend… And of course the latte art too!

Friend’s cup of Cappuccino. See the symmetry and control of the latte art.
A request from a friend for Rilakkuma picture on it. Sometimes requests cannot be fulfilled due to peak hours.
My second cup which is not on the menu. Somewhere between the Ficardie and Piccolo latte. Hence a stronger version of the Ficardie. More body and a greater finish. Love it!
Waffles with blue ice cream
Waffle sticks with chocolate, jam and condense milk dips
Scrambled eggs
Haha I like this shot too!
A pic with the boss and head bariosta himself, Arnon.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: 4.5/5. To be honest, the food can improve a little more. But I reckon their coffee is their main draw. Their house blend is just awesome. A good balance of boldness from the Brazilian beans, acidity from the Ethiopian beans and character from the PNG beans.

Portion: 4/5. Good size.

Service: 5/5.

Ambience: 5/5. Lovely industrial decor.

Price: On average around 88baht for their house blend. Pretty reasonable for a good craft.

RTE: Definitely!

Location: 15/3 Nimmanhemin Rd, Suthep, Muang, เชียงใหม่ 50200, Thailand. Tel: +66 81 978 0471. If lost, call them and pass your mobile phone to the driver. That’s what I did. 🙂

SPECIALS: Mention ‘eatwithroy’ to Arnon and you’ll get to order the special latte which is not on the menu! 😉

Sun Dance – Xiamen, Guangdong, China

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This last entry wraps up my write ups for Xiamen good foods. Too much to eat, too small stomach! Will definitely be back!

Anyways, came to know about this place as it’s much talked about in Xiamen. So I decided to check this place out for lunch before I head back. Went in the place, pretty empty on a weekend lunch, found a table near the door as I had my luggage with me. And boy did I regret that. It was warm near the door and the air-condition was not strong enough during summer. Nevertheless I placed my orders and went around snapping pics of the place. Check out the pics and review below:

Cafe front
From the door
Inside the cafe
I think this is a smoking area
Many books for reading
Stage for ad hoc performances at night
More CDs
Loads of CDs… some are super classics
PC for surfing
View from the other end
Sweet basil pizza, quite unique and tasted pretty good
Spaghetti Bolonese – tasted pretty good also and the sauce is nice and thick.
My latte… a total disappointment… auto machine.
Loads of coffee specks at the bottom
My damage RMB$140, discounted RMB8

Rating: 3.5/5.

Taste: 4/5. Food was good. Coffees really bad. I reckon they sell more alcohol at night than coffees.

Portion: 3/5.

Ambience: 4/5. Very homely feel. Not very comfy though.

Service: 2/5. Very short handed and slow.

Price: RMB140

RTE: Not very likely… Xiamen has got too many good food places.

Location: 思明区鹭江道254号国贸海景. Tel: 0592-2390538

China Story Cafe – Shenzhen, China

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I was here with a friend to check out the unique interior of this cafe and this is an area not known to many as it’s out of the city. Tourists will not come to this place. After reading about this cafe, I made the effort to check it out. It’s actually quite near my place via public bus.

Ambience is nice and relaxing. Great place to catch up with friends. Cakes are good but the coffee is very bad. They seriously need to ramp up their coffee preparation skills. They have other hot meals as well but we didn’t try as dinner was approaching. You can see my reviews in the video below:

Chiang Rai Day 3

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Finally found some time to update day 3 as I was heading up to the mountains of Doi Chang and stay over a night there with limited data access. Now I’m sitting at Taurus Coffee Bar at Don Mueng Airport in Bangkok sipping a cup of pretty good coffee and eating a Double Shock Cake…

Double Shock Cake

I began day 3 with checking out of the hotel very early to visit Chevit Thamma Da Coffee House (Which means A Simple Life or Ordinary Life in Thai) across the river from where I was. Touted as the best restaurant/cafe in the whole of Chiang Rai, I can only understand why after I reached there. I’ll write on this place more in a separate post (http://wp.me/pCcuC-Hx). This place have me so much inspiration that I started videoing my experiences for my readers to see ‘cos a picture can tell a thousand words, a video can do ten times of that. Check out my video of the place  I spent a good one hour there absorbing the great ambience before I headed southwest towards my next destination.

Before I did the long drive, I drove towards town to look for a 7-Eleven to top up my SIM card. I found one and stopped along the side of the road and walked past a local eatery with a slab of roast pork hanging and I could tell the skin was damn crispy! After topping my card, I had to try this and ordered a plate of Roast Pork Rice but I asked them to half the rice portion.

The pork was so good, it beats any of the branded ones I ate before. And this plate costed me only THB40! I could order half a slab easily if I had friends traveling with me…maybe next time! I’ll definitely be back for this… Hopefully I can remember how to go back there again… *gulp*

The rest of the trip I’ve done up in a video form to present it. Totally unplanned and just for the fun of it! The video shows my journey to the white temple, up the mountains, etc. It was fun!

After that lovely but salty lunch, I headed straight to Doi Chang Coffee Farm where I made a prior appointment to visit. Learnt a lot over there and do check out Part 1 below and Part 2 later after I finish video editing.

Stay tune for eatwithroy visits Doi Chang Coffee Farm Part 2!