The Chiang Mai coffee culture is one of the best in Asia. The city is literally teeming with coffee shops and cafés. Watch our video to find out why Ristr8to Lab is our absolute favorite Chiang Mai coffee shop and see Ristr8to’s amazing latte art in action.
Our quest for the best Chaing Mai coffee started and ended at Rist8to in the Northern Thai city’s Nimman neighborhood. Every time we tried a different Chiang Mai coffee shop, we found ourselves saying “It’s really good, but it’s not as good as Ristr8to.”
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More About Ristr8to Lab
Ristr8to is a Chiang Mai coffee operation inspired by the best coffee cultures around the world. After opening its first coffee shop in 2011, Ristr8to has since opened additional shops in the city including our personal favorite, Ristr8to Lab, in 2014. The lab is an open air shop that serves exquisitely prepared Chiang Mai coffee drinks as well as alcoholic beverages. The baristas are highly skilled in latte art, and the drinks are masterpieces that are almost too pretty to drink. Not surprisingly, Ristr8to’s head barista, Arnon Thitiprasert, has won acclaim in national and international barista competitions.
In our video, Mindi drinks her favorite Ristr8to coffee drink – the Ficardie. Invented in 2012, the Ficardie is Ristr8to’s first signature coffee. To make this drink, the baristas use a double shot of ristretto as a base and top it with silky streamed milk. The resulting Ficardie is incredibly smooth and highly flavorful. At 88 baht, this drink costs the equivalent of $2.51 in US dollars – fairly standard for a hand-crafted third wave coffee drink in Chiang Mai.
Daryl goes a bit crazy in the video and orders the newly invented Shakerato from Hell. Served in four glass test tubes for maximum effect, this drink includes a double shot of espresso plus a proprietary Brazillian cacao syrup and milk. The baristas pour the sweet concoction over ice cubes and then shake vigorously until they create the refreshing coffee drink. At 128 baht, this drink costs the equivalent of $3.65 in US dollars – a bit of a splurge in Chiang Mai for a coffee drink.
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Ristr8to Lab is located at is located at 14 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 3, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand.