The story goes that the founder of the Akha Ama Coffee enterprise was the only person in his village to graduate from college.
This coffee place in the buzzing city of Chiang Mai serves organic, fair trade Arabica coffee grown in the northern mountains of Thailand in Chiang Rai Province. You can read more about the coffee journey on their website, also check out their blog.
Later in our travels, while having a tour on the Mekong river in Laos, we learnt that in some tribal villages, the villagers would chip in all the money they have to educate one lucky child so that he/she could come back and teach the rest of the village. No pressure, but what a powerful sense of community!
Akha Ama Coffee La Fattoria
You will never be deprived of caffeine in the north of Thailand. Opposite to central Thailand, here you will find lots of cafes serving good coffee. I was looking forward to our trip to Chiang Mai as I’ve heard it’s the capital of coffee.
The original Akha Ama Coffee is located on 9/1 Soi 3, Th Hutsadisawee, Mata Apartment, but we headed to the branch in the old town.
The space is very cool in both ways, trendy and well air-conditioned, a great spot to escape the heat. There are also a few seats outside if you are resistant to the sun+humidity.
The interior is very simple and yet very atmospheric, I liked the minimalistic approach and chilled vibe. The tables were creatively made from cable rolls with bits sticking out on the surface, which made the photos look even cooler.
Simple shelves along the walls showed off small funky packets of coffee beans for sale (180 THB per bag).
Non Coffeeholic at Akha Ama Coffee House?
For non coffeeholics, a nice selection of refreshments and snacks is also available. Charlie, not a coffee lover, ordered plum juice and a mango cheesecake. Man, that cheesecake was good!
We love mangoes and we love cheesecake, and this was a perfect combination. It was so tasty, we really recommend it. The total price for both juice and cheesecake came to 155 THB.
Akha Ama Coffee Choices
I, of course, opted for coffee. There is a generous selection from traditional to drip coffees so again, like in my very positive Bangkok drip coffee experience, I ordered a cup of drip coffee once more.
I love black coffee and anything added to my hot drink spoils it for me. Unless it’s a cold winters afternoon when I crave some spiced coffee with ginger and cinnamon. I also think it’s the best way to judge if the cafe sells good coffee.
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The coffee varies from light to strong, full bodied roast. On a hot day try their Shakerato, a double espresso shaken, not stirred, in a cocktail shaker full of ice. After greedily sniffing the coffee beans stored in jars on the counter I chose the Full City Roast beans. It smelled sweet and slightly nutty. A great choice for a happy morning sip, I think.
The coffee was really nice, with plenty of flavour and smoothness. No sugar for me, thank you. It came in a nice, decent size mug which I loved. For a budget traveller, the Full City Roast wasn’t cheap, 70 THB, but really worth every penny.
Additionally WiFi in the cafe was very fast which allowed us to further plan our day, mark places we want to see on Google maps and update our social media channels.
Have you visited Akha Ama Coffee in Chiang Mai? Which coffee did you go for? Let us know in the comments below…