While this is mainly a wine blog there will also be reoccurring posts regarding coffee and as we have now spent some time in Bangkok there will be some focus on the Bangkok coffee scene in the weeks to come but also from other locations (London, Singapore, Stockholm, Helsinki and more). To not bring to much focus to the coffee it will however mainly be Monday’s that will have reviews of coffee bars so here it is , the 1st Coffee Monday.
Ceresia is run by two Venezuelan sisters (and a Thai woman) who are serious coffee professionals, both have a background working several years at Monmouth coffee in London. They now run a cafe and roastery in Bangkok. It is a fairly small place and they have their 5 kilo roaster on site as well so it can get a bit cramped in here. This also means that space is valuable and it can be seen in the fact that there is no restrooms and also very limited space for staff. Unlike many other Bangkok specialty coffee bars it is also not super designed. It is still pleasant but not the place I would spend a longer time at.
Service is friendly and prompt. They also love to chat about coffee and it is great to discuss coffee with such knowledgeable and committed people. The influence from Monmouth can really be seen in the printed papers with information on the coffee and the farms. An example others should take after as it provides a lot of interesting information but also creates awareness about why a cup of coffee may cost 120-190 THB at a place focusing on specialty coffee. The influence from Monmouth also goes further as all beans can be bought in different sizes that they scoop up and put in bags. Not a fan that they keep the coffee in the open air and it does not really benefit from it.
Looking at coffee quality it is however a real treat. They serve all their coffee either as cold or hot. We sampled a lovely Kenyan filter as a hot. Truly an excellent Kenyan and with the clear characteristics of Kenyan coffee, especially the notes of black currant were prominent and with a pleasant acidity to it. They had eight different coffees to select from an we also tried a coffee called Wild Honey which is domestic. It was not bad but I would not say great either. It is however interesting to see that the Thai coffee growers are starting to focus on quality as well and fully support that specialty coffee shops buy coffee from farms trying to develop. It will be interesting to follow the development of the Thai coffee producers.
They also serve lovely pastries but the food selection is a bit slim. When I was there they had a piece of quiche but the rest was sweets. There is however a Fuji superstore across the street if hungry (and they also have a restroom).
So how does it rate:
Coffee quality: 3.5
Ambiance and Service: 3.5
Vs Local Average Competition: 4.5