Coffee-break companions for caffeine addicts

Coffee-break companions for caffeine addicts

From top-notch Italian drips to Costa Rican beans and thermos flasks, find all the essentials needed to make your perfect cup at home.

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Coffee tasting
For some aficionados, a good coffee can have all the complex aromas and flavours as a glass of fine wine. To help the average quaffer detect these subtleties, the Disappearing Brew Bar pop-up cafe offers coffee-tasting classes in which “sensory expert” Jen Green instructs participants on how to evaluate and observe all the tastes and smells of different brews. Classes cost $20 for foreigners and $10 for Cambodians, with the next to be held on January 31 or February 1 – and Green will also be running coffee education workshops at Feel Good Cafe 2 from March.

For info about the coffee tastings check facebook.com/Disappearingbrewbar, and for details about the workshops check facebook.com/FeelGoodBusinessPartners

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Mugs
As any committed caffeine-drinker knows, the feeling of the mug wrapped in your fingers is almost as important as what goes in it. If your go-to is lacking, try out a new option from DisPlay. Their glazed mugs, made from Japanese ceramic ($4.95), seem to have a perfect “hand feel” – not too heavy, not too light. Or, if you’re more of a novelty-mug type, upgrade your “#1 Dad” with a brass-knuckles option, or a digital-age mug that “turns on” when filled with your favourite brew.
DisPlay, No. 178ab St. 63, BKK1, Chamkarmon District. 10AM-8PM every day, 09581025

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Fresh beans
The easiest way to step up your coffee game is with freshly roasted beans. Tarrazu Cafe – named after a village in Costa Rica – imports coffee seasonally from around the world to make sure they’re always pouring the freshest, most flavourful cup. Beans are roasted daily on-site in a Probat, “the Mercedez-Benz” of coffee roasters, and available for $6-9/100g, or $42/1kg for the Special Blend. Get the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe for a tart, bitter, citrus-inflected brew, or the Colombian Huila Supremo if you like it on the sweeter side. Or try them all – the friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to fix you a hand-drip cup to help you find the perfect roast for your morning cup.
Tarrazu Cafe, No. 340 St. 370, BKK1, Chamkarmon District, 8AM-6PM Mon-Sat, 9AM-5:30PM Sun, 078217401

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Brikka
Just as there’s more than one way to skin a cat, there’s plenty of ways to brew up a cup of joe. At Tarrazu Cafe, you can pick up a coffee dripper (which you place on top of your cup with a paper filter and pour hot water through the coffee grounds) for as little as $5, a high-quality metal and glass French press (in which you filter the grounds from the coffee with a plunger) for $35 or a stovetop Bialetti Brikka (in which steam builds up in a lower chamber, then is forced through the coffee before bubbling up into a top chamber) for $85. They also sell a range of accessories including coffee filters ($3 a packet) and coffee drip pots ($42).
Tarrazu Cafe, #340 Street 370. Tel: 078 217 401.

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Thermos flasks
Running late? Make sure you’ve got a good solution to take that gourmet cup to go. Head to Lock & Lock – your new destination for all things contain-able. We like their “Table” travel mugs ($30-34) – locking lids and perforated openings prevent accidental scalding, and the wide base seems fit for shaky, under-caffeinated hands. Check out their numerous colours and varieties ($22-30), all with dual-vacuum technology to preserve heat and cool, and find your perfect morning companion.

Lock & Lock. 1Floor, Aeon Mall, No. 132, Samdech Sothearos Blvd, Tonle Bassac Commune, Chamkarmon District, 9AM-10PM every day, 023 223 331

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