I’ve been warming up and preparing for my challenge of featuring 52 coffee brews in 2020 while in Thailand. My two-week family holiday started with a jet lag recovery day where we discovered the Porcupine Cafe in Soi Ari and visited a few of Bangkok’s most well known markets. Our second day was also slotted in as a ‘recovery day’, and we decided to leisurely explore a few temples via the brand new Sanam Chai MRT subway station.
Our first temple visit was to the ornate Wat Pho, a well know buddhist temple that houses a massive reclining buddha.
After visiting Wat Pho, we were all starting to feel a residual jet lag pang from the 15 hour time difference and started looking for a coffee shop. It didn’t take long to find a few options, as there was a street of cafes and restaurants just behind Wat Pho. After a quick Google search, we decided to visit Elephin Coffee, which houses a downstairs cafe/restaurant and an upstairs bed and breakfast.
Elephin Coffee has a fantastic menu that includes a large offering of drinks as well as meals from a full kitchen. It was almost a shame we had so much to eat at our hotel breakfast because some of the breakfast small plates looked really good. I ended up ordering my standard double shot of espresso, Julia ordered a latte, and Owen hydrated with a juice box.
Elephin Coffee has been around since 2006, and sources and roasts their Arabica beans right in Thailand. You can read more about Elephin on their website. One thing that I really loved about Elephin is their partnership with potter, Khun Yutthapong Visessmit, who has had work shown at the Siam Discovery Center. Since 2016, Khun Yutthapong Visessmit crafts unique pieces for use at Elephin Coffee.
After resting our legs and topping off on caffeine, we continued our exploration of Bangkok with a visit to a few more temples. This was our final jet lag recovery day before beginning our exploration of Thailand in earnest.