This is where I buy my coffee (I know not very original, but please keep on reading).
And these lovely ladies (I asked them if I could take a picture and use here – they were nice to say yes) serve me my coffee most mornings. A Hot Caramel Macchiato.
I go there way too often though because as soon as I walk in it’s “madam, the usual!”
I know I love Starbucks too much and it doesn’t help that this Starbucks is just minutes away from my house. Literally. I can walk to it for my daily coffee fix.
Anyway Starbucks is everywhere in Bangkok and it is universal but because this is Corner View, I will share with you where I grab my cup of “Authentic Thai Iced Coffee”.
Yep on a side street, just outside the compound I live in.
See all those red and white cans well that’s carnation milk - sweet condensed milk. I used to think that Thai Iced Coffee was just a strong espresso mixed with sugar and sweet condensed milk. Wrong.
After searching the web (because we would get lost in translation if I was to ask my street vendor barista how she’s making my coffee), here is what I learnt.
Thai Iced coffee is actually a special blend of coffee mixed with sugar and sweetened condensed milk. The special blend is called Oliang. It’s a mixture of coffee, corn and soya beans. To think that my coffee has corn and soya beans in it doesn’t sound too appealing but it actually has a nice taste to it. It does have a stronger kick to it and some say a better taste. I don’t normally like my coffee too strong but this works for me every now and then, especially in this heat.
So this is my Thai Iced Coffee – gar-fae (กาแฟ) yen
It can also be served this way:
yes in a plastic bag. This is actually a common sight. (picture from flickr)
So how do you say, "two coffees with milk" in my corner ?
Barista: kun ja duem chaa ru ga-fare kaa? (Will you drink tea or coffee?
Me: ja duem ga-fare-yen kaa ( I will drink Iced coffee, thanks)
What are the most popular ways to drink coffee?
From my observation with ice. Coffee here is very rarely taken hot and that may be because of the heat. Iced tea (which is very sweet) is also very popular. Again this is only from my observation.
How do you take your coffee?
With lots of milk or “Coffee Mate” and 2 sugars.
French press, percolator, espresso, or other?
Am I a dunker?
no way, not with coffee anyway. I prefer to drink it. But I do dunk with tea, black tea.
What was the funniest topic of conversation over a recent cup of coffee?
Can’t think of funny right now. It’s late!!
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