What Is 'Dirty Coffee' And Where Can I Get Some In Bangkok?
Dirty coffee is simply cold milk or cold milk and cream with a hot shot of dark espresso or ristretto poured over it. Served in a clear glass, the end result appears as an exquisitely messy coffee-milk art that has earned its "dirty" name. The blend of hot and cold temperatures that you get in one sip makes the drink extra unique. But enough explaining—here's where you can get the best dirty coffee in Bangkok:
Recently opened, Bonci is Sapan Kwai's new hottest coffee hub. Highly Instagrammable, the cafe offers minimal, yet eye-catching interiors with warm wooden textures and plenty of natural light. Inspired by the dirty coffe, Bimbom Cream (150 baht) is their signature, served with a mixture of fresh milk and Bonci's own recipe of cold, fluffy cream. But if you’re a lover of simple classics, go for the usual Dirty (130 baht).
1477 Phahonyothin Road
Open Wednesday-Monday 10am-5:30pm
2/7 Crime BKK
Located in Thonglor 20, this place offering a variety of drinks and dishes is remembered by its interesting slogan, "it’s a crime to drink good coffee." The dirty happens to be Crime BKK’s highly recommended drink. It's called Mrs. Rich (120 baht), and it's intense with a medium-dark roast and splash of cold milk cream. We say it's a crime not to try it.
23 Thong Lo 20 Alley, Sukhumvit Soi 55
Open Tuesday-Sunday 8am-5pm
3/7 Ports Coffee
A warm and cosy spot in Tha Tian, Ports Coffee is accompanied by light wooden tones and a Japanese "less is more" approach to style. Beautifully layered, the dirty (110 baht) here uses a special blend of coffee. If you’re in the area and in search of a place to get some peace of mind and good cuppa, make Ports Coffee your stop.
392, 16 Maha Rat Road
Open Thursday-Tuesday 9am-6pm
4/7 Varen BKK
Despite being located in Old Town Bangkok, this cafe is filled with minimal, modern flair, infused with a touch of Thai retro here and there. Varen BKK is within walking distance from MRT Sam Yot (350 metres) and is noticeable by its black-framed windows and black terrazzo counter. If you’re into delicate, soothing aromas, then lucky for you that's what their dirty coffee (120 baht) is all about: dark coffee blended with ice cold milk.
14 Tri Phet Road
Open daily 8am-5pm
5/7 Bora Bora
Hidden in an alleyway, Bora Bora boasts a minimal, Korean interior style. The cafe specialises in filter coffee, cold brew and Australian speciality coffee. Profoundly creamy and intense, Bora Bora’s dirty will make you want another one.
118/25 Lan Luang 8 Alley
Open Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm
6/7 Poet House
From an old house, Poet House has been renovated into a little, homey cafe. Located in the famous cafe district, Ari Soi 5, white and brown furniture and embellishments of flowers and books bring the coffee shop's concept to life. The intense dirty coffee (120 baht) here is also definitely worth a try.
Soi Ari 5, Phaya Thai
Open daily 9am-8pm
7/7 Nana Coffee Roasters
Previously situated in Yaowarat, Nana Coffee Roasters has moved to Praditmanutham Road into bigger premises. Prepared by award-winning baristas, the cafe uses the Brazil Blend for their dirty (150 baht), resulting in a sweet and rich flavour reminiscent of dark cocoa.
Nana Coffee Roasters
445, 8 Pradit Manutham Road
Open Monday-Friday 7am-5:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-5:30pm
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