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The consistency among cups is the issue here on this visit but the nice ambience and surprisingly comfortable environment of this branch given this kind of hipster decor helps make up for what it lacks.  Until recently, the name Casa Lapin popped up anytime I googled for good café in Bangkok, be it review by customers or magazines that are into this kind of thing. I really want to visit this place for quite some time after the search and don’t really understand the sudden disappearance from the
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The consistency among cups is the issue here on this visit but the nice ambience and surprisingly comfortable environment of this branch given this kind of hipster decor helps make up for what it lacks. 


Until recently, the name Casa Lapin popped up anytime I googled for good café in Bangkok, be it review by customers or magazines that are into this kind of thing. I really want to visit this place for quite some time after the search and don’t really understand the sudden disappearance from the scene of Casa Lapin vs. other newer hipster cafés in town. So let try it out. 
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First thing first, which branch. It’s a simple decision that is not so simple as I was later learned each branch is quite different on coffee from coffee people I know of. 
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Some coffee people I respect on his opinion suggests me to come to this particular branch. At least, it houses a roaster here so there is a higher chance that the quality of the cup of coffee might be somewhat better than other branches.  So let see how it is. 
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On the decor, I’ve never really liked this kind of hipster design but somehow this place seems to strike a good balance of being hipped and being comfortable enough to hang out. This is, by itself, an achievement! 
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Noting that there are a restaurant and a hostel behind this café under One Day brand.  I believe it’s under the same ownership. 
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Owned by architect, the space looks really well thought out with lots to look at.  No matter how nice these tiny little details are, in a way, these detail could act as a deterrent to focus on the coffee. A good distraction, I guess, or at least that what the interior decorator thinks! ;) 
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While the counter seating is quite scarce, the two seating on that day is quite comfortable to me, not easy to come by with this kind of decoration. 
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After I place an order, I am given the number which is a worn out steel plate.  This fits the hipster style of the place well.
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Starting with cappuccino. This drink feels quite tight to me either from the too tight/updose shot of coffee or too little milk vs. coffee in the cup, resulting in a sour drink. 
Cappuccino
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The sourness of the drink is so much so I couldn’t appreciate how good the frothed milk is.  It is a stark contrast to very good milk drinks from two other cafes of different style which are Bubble Café and One Ounce for Onion the day before. 
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This café is quite well equipped on coffee gears. However, when I’m at the counter, the maintenance issue draws into a question as I hear steam continuously spewing out of Uber Boiler. While the staff said Uber Boiler is broken, they continue to use it, making me wonder how this affects the temperature of the water and, somewhat further along the line, the issue with the state of other equipment in this cafe and the quality of its barista training program. 
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Back to the coffee, I had a totally opposite experience with my espresso vs. that of the milk drink.  This is the first place in Bangkok on this trip that pulled espresso long enough and drinkable.

Espresso
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Nevertheless, the cup is not what I would call delicious as the quality of the coffee used remains a big issue.  The coffee itself is woody, not sweet and not much else. 
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The roaster himself happens to be at the bar and he talks me into trying this coffee he has a few on hands on that day which is a Honey Processed Thai coffee from Mae Jan Tai area in Chiang Rai province. 
Hand drip of Honey Processed coffee from Mae Jan Tai area in Chiang Rai province.
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This is probably the best drip I had up until this point in my trip. It has a nice and sweet fruity tone with a tiny hint of bark which seems to be a character of quite a few Thai coffee I had in the past.  This is also among a very good Thai coffee I have had so far. 
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The brew is also quite good though the cup could be cleaner and longer on the aftertaste if I were to nitpicking 
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What amazed me is that this barista only works there for two months. Maybe the café is at its slow time late into the afternoon so he has a chance to run the bar himself. This is a good chance indeed for both him and me. 
Single origin espresso of Thai coffee bean
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I thought that the issue with any new barista is consistency so I give him a try to see how he is with another coffee.  The last coffee I had that day is an espresso of a single origin bean from Thailand which is roasted dark for iced coffee.  Yes, single origin espresso for iced coffee and espresso blend for black!   This cup is not bad at all; it’s a tad dark due to the roast level but still shows some nice acidity in the cup with a decent mouthfeel, IIRC. 
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Overall, this issue with Casa Lapin is that there are lots of branches and each one is more likely to be different than another.  In addition to words I had from coffee people I know of, the drop on its popularity among coffee reviews/customers if you googled the shop could mean something, IMHO. 

For this particular branch, the issue on this visit is the consistency among drinks which, somehow, is rather expected from a new barista. The coffee on offering is in between traditional and third wave in style though not really far into third wave coffee i.e. almost touch the third wave.  So, if you want to have a hipster but comfortable ambience with a somewhat okay coffee i.e. a talk place with a decent coffee, it’s not bad at all and this is the place for you.

(The above review is the personal opinion of an user which does not represent OpenRice's point of view.)
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Date of Visit
2016-08-17
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