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MockingJay

What's your favorite franchise Coffee Shop?

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I live in Bangkok and have traveled this country from tip to tail starting in 1990.

My comments here are from Bangkok, where I live and spend almost all my time.

for hot coffee, there are only Starbucks, McCafe, ILLY, or Bon Cafe. Most of the Bon Cafe machines in places are not well maintained, so their coffee is not good. I only like the well maintained ones - there was one in Pattaya.

aside from that, almost any good hotel (4 or 5 stars) has good hot coffee made from a real machine by trained people, and the machines get maintained and the beans fresh. Sorry for the bad news. This does not help the OP.

I have switched my taste to iced coffee. It took a while, but I can stand it now. I have found the best freshly made nice taste iced coffee is .........

WAIT FOR IT........

7/11

YES. Machiato (special 3 shots) with only 75% of the amount of sweetened milk added (none of the regular milk). Their Machiato recipe calls for both. I have to special order it this way. It is 30 baht at my local 7/11, although some of the others charge by the shot. They get a bit freaked out with special orders. Helps if you are handsome, kind, charming, and speak Thai. These are new and sold at 7/11 sporting the ALL CAFE banner outside.

Taste is a bit sweet, but not too much. Coffee is rich, rounded, full flavored and enjoyable. Not as good as hot shot of espresso at a good restaurant, but close enough for me.

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The Coffee Shop in Naklua and also Royal Gardens Mall. Cappuccino is superb and the staff are always smiling and happy.

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Anybody that likes Starbucks has never had a real coffee. Starbucks is the 2nd worst coffee I've ever encountered anywhere in the world. There's an Australian franchise starting to raise it's head in Bangkok, Gloria Jeans, but it's worse than Starbucks. The majority of coffee shops in Thailand do not know how to make a proper cappuccino. To them it's espresso with a bit of froth on top. YUK. The best cappuccino's I've had in Thailand are from Black Canyon. If you're ever in Sydney you have to try the coffee from a franchise called Coffee Emporium. Their blend of coffee beans is sensational, their baristas are well trained, and the coffee is awesome. At the moment though Black Canyon is the best in Thailand.

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Tom n Toms

You are kidding, right? Large quantity, so weak it could qualify as dishwater. Ditto Starbucks - yecch.

Doi Chang and Doi Wawee can produce excellent coffees, although the quality seems to vary from shop to shop. Amazon is adequate, when nothing else is around.

If you are serious about Tom n Toms, I suspect you consider McDonalds or KFC to be fine cuisine.

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Starbucks because I appreciate well trained smiling staff& efficiency.

Agree that staff are well trained and polite, however the actual coffee I find to be very weak.m

McCafe does make a good coffee. Most outside these 2 make very strong, bitter coffee, made I guess from only one type of bean, a mix is always tastier. I seldom buy outside because of price, 1 cup 90 baht at Starbucks, and a 250g pack of coffee 115baht ish.

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No franchise coffee shops for this little black duck.

Nescafe iced coffee - Latee - with straw please.

Not too strong - not too weak - consistently prefect.

Served by my sometimes obedient wife.

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Starbucks because I appreciate well trained smiling staff& efficiency.

Yes they do smile a lot. They just cannot simply give a customer a large black coffee as there doesn't seem to be anything in their training that prepares them for this order wink.png

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Dean & Deluca probably make the best (and most expensive) coffee in Thailand, but Black Canyon come in as my second among the brand names.

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Starbucks & Co offer fattening coffees suitable to American "taste". Unacceptable to peoples with more sophisticated coffee palates, like Dutch or Austrians, among others. The best coffee, I found at a small place called Benjamit at Soi Buakhao Market. They make their own coffees that I buy for my Boncafe machine.

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Why support a franchise that charges three times the price? Keep mum and pop in business, buy from independent people.

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