Ninety-Four Coffee – Bangkok, Thailand

During one of my urban hikes through the streets of Bangkok, I discovered Ninety Four Coffee. It was a Western style coffee house serving a full compliment of espresso based drinks and pastries. Comfortable chairs and big windows. The name Ninety Four comes from 94 degrees Celsius, which they state is the brewing temperature of coffee.

94 degrees Celsius = 201.2 degrees Fahrenheit

94 Coffee
94 Coffee

No matter where I travel in this world, I always seem to attract 1970s American pop music. Thailand was no different and 94 Coffee delivered. While in the cafe, I heard Christopher Cross, Nicolette Larson and Dan Fogelberg. Despite what the travel books tell you, few people in Thailand speak English. So hearing cheesy 70s pop at 94 Coffee should have been ironic, but it is something I’ve come to expect.

When I ordered an espresso, the barista looked frightened and ran off to grab another employee. The other employee knew the word “espresso” in English and was able to assist with taking my order. Like the vast majority of places I visited in Thailand, the espresso was over roasted, slightly over extracted and bitter. Ninety Four Coffee was better than most though.

Espresso at 94 Coffee
Espresso at 94 Coffee

They offer free WIFI, but they didn’t provide me the password. I considered asking for the password, but if the barista didn’t understand the word “espresso”, getting a WIFI password was going to be even more challenging. So I walked up to the counter and looked around. There was some numbers written on a paper taped to the register. That was the password.

Total cost for the espresso was 60 baht, which is $1.80 US. Thailand is cheap when it comes to food and lodging, but coffee prices tend to be similar to those in the United States.

94 Coffee Menu
94 Coffee Menu

Michael Allen Smith

Michael Allen Smith fell in love with coffee while attending college. Shortly after graduating college, he found himself in the Tampa Bay area far away from the good coffee he had at The Ohio State University. That is when he starting home roasting coffee. Less than a year later in April 1999, he launched the coffee website INeedCoffee.com. INeedCoffee.com has been going strong ever since with hundreds of articles and tutorials submitted by over one hundred contributors.

In 2007, Michael moved to America's coffee capitol Seattle, Washington. He has visited close to two hundred different coffee places in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver and met many of the top roasters and baristas in the country. Since 2009, Michael has been the Organizer of the Coffee Club of Seattle, which is a Meetup group of over 600 coffee enthusiants. Besides the social aspect of the group, the Coffee Club of Seattle partners with local coffee professionals for educational events such as coffee cuppings, brewing demonstrations and roasting tours.

Unrelated to coffee, Michael has a personal blog at CriticalMAS.com which covers several topics including fitness, cooking and finance.

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