Gone are the days when coffee on tap was just a distant caffeine-induced daydream, and here are the times where we can get our rocket fuel fresh, iced, and nitrogenated too. Two words: nitro coffee. Say them at these Bangkok haunts and it’s yours.
Amongst artisanal beans, latte art, and matcha mania, it was only a matter of time before nitro coffee would climb the beverage trend ladder to take on Bangkok’s impressive coffee culture. It succeeded big time, which comes as no surprise, considering that nitro coffee contains many of the elements that make a Bangkokian’s heart soar. Due to its infusion with nitrogen gas, it’s far less bitter than cold brew coffee, and doesn’t need the fuss of melting ice cubes to keep it cool. It’s creamy and foamy even with the absence of milk, yet still manages to keep a balanced perception of sweetness. Some thereby dub it as healthier than regular coffee, whilst others eye-bogglingly revel in its extremely high caffeine content.
It’s cold brew coffee with a tantalising twist; upping the stakes for those who like their black coffee with a kick and a karate chop in the soul. Yet whilst Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts have been doing it for quite a while, local independent providers have only recently rolled up their sleeves and embraced the taps. And as it turns out, Thai coffee beans and Bangkok coffee shops are really making it work.
From the classics to the creatives, we’ve put together a list of places you can enjoy the velvety wonder. We warn you now that it may give you the shakes for a day or two, but you’ll definitely thank us for the new addiction later. Happy sipping!
Hero and featured image credit: 103 Bed and Brews
Eureka Coffee Tap
It’s no secret where Eureka Coffee Tap gets its name from. Claiming to be the first nitro coffee tap bar in all of Thailand, the stylish spot in Saladaeng gave Bangkok coffee lovers a true ‘eureka!’ moment when it opened a few years ago. Nailing the science of nitro coffee town to a nitrogenated T, Eureka is focused on combining and understanding distinct coffee beans and species to make a variety of interesting drinks. Opt for the classics like the Nitro Cold Brew (THB 100) or the Nitro Thai Tea (THB 100) for a smooth, well-rounded cup, or shake it up with some outstanding alternatives like the Nitro Kai Kem Salted Egg Latte (THB 140). Bangkokians love a bit of salted egg (even in coffee), and this specialty option is actually quite well executed.
Eureka Coffee Tap, Saladaeng Soi 1, Bangkok, +66 92 449 9895; Open daily 8am-8pm
Kaizen Coffee Co.
Essentially an Ekkamai rite of passage, Kaizen Coffee Co. was opened in the trendy neighbourhood in 2014 as a place to enjoy nitro cold brews in a warm (albeit all-white minimalistic) community setting. Like Eureka, Kaizen is a local pioneer of the nitro coffee-making craft, shooting to fame very quickly for more than just its blogger-esque interiors. Don’t expect fussy or complicated beverages here, but definitely enjoy a rich and creamy selection, be it the Nitro Coffee House Blend (THB 160) or the Nitro Coffee Single Origins (THB 160-250). To jazz things up a little (and continue to be wildly on trend), opt for the Nitro Orange Espresso (THB 220), which features 100% orange juice nitrogenate with espresso and dehydrated orange.
Kaizen Coffee Co., Tai Ping Tower, 582/5 Ekkamai Rd., Wattana, Bangkok, +66 64 016 3038; Open daily 8am-6pm
Nitro Labs Coffee Tuk Tuk
Where nitro already brings something new and exciting to the coffee table, Nitro Labs Coffee takes the experience a step further by selling their beverages from a sweet coffee tuk tuk. The company was founded on the belief that coffee is healthy and an important daily ritual, as well as a beautiful way to bring people together. Though small, this passion shines through the very unique-looking coffee stand, from the many nitro coffee taps to the fabulously frothy end product. Try the Thai-origin Signature Blend (THB 90), or the Nepalese Single Origin (THB 100) for a well-executed common staple, or the Kyoto Matcha (THB 110) made with premium Japanese matcha, for a nitrogen-infused green tea with a twist.
Nitro Labs Coffee Tuk Tuk, Cazh, 1/F, Siam Discovery, 989 Rama 1 Rd., Pathum Wan, Bangkok +66 2 332 2470; Open daily 10am-10pm
103 Bed and Brews
There is so much to love about Chinatown’s Soi Nana, and whilst we’re normally heading there for a tipple come sundown, it’s refreshing to see that there are plenty of reasons to head that side during the day, too. 103 Bed and Brews is a homey and charming example. Once the home of a Chinese merchant and his traditional herbal medicine trade company, the ground floor of 103 has been converted into a sweet coffeeshop, decorated much like a neighbourhood lounge. The coffee is made using 100% Arabica beans from Northern Thailand (with a seriously good espresso on the menu), and their nitro keeps it simple with just one option: the Cold Brew Nitro (THB 100). A wonderful juxtaposition of sorts; as you sip this trendy modern drink in colonial-style surroundings on the outskirts of Bangkok’s historic district.
103 Bed and Brews, 103 Soi Nana, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok, +66 2 102 8856; Open daily 8am-10pm
Another hotspot for the avid Chinatown trooper, Woodbrook ups the hipster points with its calming aesthetic set-up, and an incredible location right on the banks of the Chao Phraya river. A peaceful spot to watch the sun go down and the river boats go by, the specialty here is actually the Nitro Tea (THB 150), which you can enjoy alongside a selection of fresh pastries and appetisers. We don’t know whether the super Instagrammable ‘And When I Wake Up, You Are Still With Me’ neon light sign refers to the beverages or bae, but it’s a thought we’re definitely tapping hearts for.
Woodbrook BKK, 1222/1 Songwad Rd., Chakkapphat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, +66 64 424 2929; Open daily 10am-7pm
SATI Handcraft Coffee
There are few places more beautiful to sip your coffee than from within a glasshouse, and if you’re looking for a romantic haven as such, look no further than SATI Handcraft Coffee. Located in the backyard behind Made Here on Earth, the friendly outlet serves some fun nitro cold brew beverages, often using fruit infusions. The classic Nitro Coffee (THB 150) too can be personalised with a signature syrup, from the Thai-inspired Dusit pandanus syrup to the Amphawa pot-smoked Thai dessert candle syrup. It’s nitro coffee with a whole-heartedly Bangkokian touch, which if anything, gives the new trend its local personality, flavour, and complete street cred.
SATI Handcraft Coffee, 110/2 between Soi Ari Sampan 5 and 6, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, +66 95 929 5925; Open daily 8am-8pm