Uplifting and uniting Pak Nam residents.
Re Coffee began as a project between six friends who grew up in Samut Prakan, an hour away from downtown Bangkok. As many folks who live outside of Bangkok will tell you, it can be a pain to get into the city. But things are happening here.
“There is already such an influx of talent in Bangkok“ says Patcharakamol “Ploy” Pornnisen, one of the partners used to work in communication and community development. “We just thought, why don’t we channel our skills and potential to help our hometown?”
The cafe’s full name is Re Coffee to Community; they’re carving out a community space but also hoping to uplift the businesses around them. “If anyone stops by the cafe, they might check out the shops around us. We want to grow alongside the community,” Ploy explains.
The cafe’s location is near the Tai Ban roundabout which is known for its vibrant and affordable street food selection. Following suit, Re Coffee diverges from the overpriced coffee culture. Their joe starts at B60.
“Our recommended item is the Summer Breeze,'' Ploy notes. “It’s a mixture of our homemade marinated honey lemon mixed with tonic and topped with an espresso shot.” Re Coffee also has a special holiday blend, selecting coffee beans reminiscent of vanilla and whiskey with fruity notes.
The team regularly collaborates with the community for limited edition treats. Two months ago, the cafe partnered with Ban Duan community to create Khanom Chak, a Samut Prakan traditional snack made from sticky rice flour, palm sugar and shredded coconut.
“We try to add value to it by repackaging and plating it in a basket woven in chak leaves.” Ploy says.
Since the cafe was established in a 50-year-old building, the team has tried to maintain its classic structure, making it adaptable to a variety of workshops. Some of their past events include ceramic workshops, paper flower crafting, and live music, where they transform the countertop into an acoustic space. Stay tuned for upcoming events here.
26 Khlong Takhet Fang Tawan Tok Rd, 063-674-6142, Open Tue-Sun 8am-5pm.