Phuket Restaurants | Phuket for coffee lovers
Phuket coffee is something of a celebration of all things good. The perfect coffee overlooking the ocean or just the perfect coffee makes all the difference to a day. Here is what you need to know if you are a coffee lover and are coming to Phuket.
The morning is never quite right if that first quality coffee doesn't hit the spot. Phuket coffee can be a minefield as the expectations of local coffee drinkers varies so wildly with someone who wouldn’t dream of a cup of 'Jo' without seeing an Illy, Braggio, Delonghi, Nespresso. One obvious trick is to look out for the sign of the brand as you walk along the street.
Phuket coffee drank by local people can be exceptionally strong and bitter as Phuket people enjoy very strong tastes (see their curries as an example). This means that their key coffee houses are full of coffees that might be considered too strong in the west. The Black Canyon Coffee house own brand, though well-made is often too much for visitors. So coffee in the shopping Malls like Central Festival or Jung Ceylon in Patong need to be check out so you don’t end up with a disappointment.
Phuket coffee Patong
Phuket coffee in Patong is fairly straight forward. There is a Starbucks on the main beach road and there are many restaurants that serve up good blends. Also it might be worth taking a stroll to some exceptional beachfront resorts that make the pleasure all the more worthwhile. I would recommend the La Flora Resort Patong, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, Phuket Graceland Resort And Spa, and Amari Coral for good coffee and an atmospheric style.
Phuket coffee Chalong
If you are taking a Phuket coffee in Chalong try the 'Bake' coffee house opposite the entrance to Wat Chalong. This fine establishment is related to the 5 star luxury resort on Surin Beach the Twinpalms Phuket. Here you will not only find excellent coffee but also a tasty menu.
Phuket Town coffee
Phuket coffee on the rest of the island
When Phuket coffee is as much about the experience as the taste there are a string of celebrated beach front resorts that have a great position for the ocean experience. Starting the southern tip of the island at Nai Harn try the Royal Phuket Yacht Club which has commanding views over the bay. Working from the south north you will find Kata Thani Phuket Beach Resort at Kata Noi Beach. Karon Beach Resort has the whole of Karon before her in a magical sweep of sand mountain and sea. The Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort on it's own private beach and huge pool set among the original coconut plantation. Twinpalms Phuket has already been mentioned above and the JW Marriott Phuket is a great place for dropping into for an excellent coffee on the quiet Mai Khao Beach.
Finding the perfect Phuket coffee is not an exact science but if you check out whether the server has branded machines and if you go to the best 4 and 5 star resorts, even if a coffee is the only thing in its budget, you will find excellent coffee throughout the island. There are a growing numbers of Illy machines cropping up on the island as the supplier is now firmly settled in Phuket town and so don't be unduly surprised when simple 2 star guesthouse accommodation or a mall coffee shop will serve you up the right stuff.
Last Updated: 30 May 2012