There are many cafés that have a sustainable purpose is Bangkok and also they have amazing coffee and cakes :-) Here is a list of some of them that I found really cool.
1- Farm to Table
Sources organic produce grown in northern Thailand’s Chaing Rai area. They have cut out the middleman and directly source from a group of farmers, providing opportunities for growth and sustainability. The rustic cafe in Bangkok’s Sathon District provides visitors not only with organic meals, but also with a selection of mouth-watering homemade ice cream, using some of the same organic ingredients sourced for their lunch menu.
What make’s the ice cream so unique are the flavours. They are changed daily however I was lucky enough to choose from a selection that included sweet potato and honey, green tea and black sesame.
The café also serves HelpLive Coffee with 5 Baht from every coffee sold providing a meal to a child at risk.
Address: 179 Atsadang Road, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon,10200 Bangkok, Thailand
2- City Light Coffee
Cause: Human trafficking prevention
Situated in the red light district of Khlong Toei, the City Light Coffee shop was set up by the organisation Night Light as a way to increase funding to their anti human trafficking projects. As the café was only recently set up they are still working on becoming self-sufficient, however future plans entail being able to support the foundation through income from the café itself.
In saying that, it is still a great place with great coffee. And what’s even better is that the coffee is fair trade!
The Abonzo coffee is sourced directly from the small village of Doi Chaang in Thailand’s north. Hemisphere Coffee Roasters helped the farmers in Doi Chaang create a direct trade relationship with their buyers to ensure that they receive enough income and greater opportunity.
Address: PO Box 1414 Nana Post Office Bangkok, Thailand 10112
3- Root Garden Cafe
Cause: Sustainable farming, sustainable fishing, fair trade
You won’t miss this delightful urban garden as you pass by. It’s a contrasting vision to the tall buildings and skyscrapers that surround it. The open space and greenery gives the feel that you’ve stepped out of the city and into the country, even if only for a few minutes.
Situated in Thonglor, this garden boasts a veggie farm, an animal farm and even a fish market on the weekends. It is run by the Land Reform in Thailand, an organisation that promotes opportunities and fairness for farmers throughout the country.
One of the gardens largest awareness programs is in conjunction with Fisherfolk, promoting awareness about sustainable fishing practices and creating fair trade relationships with small-scale fishers on Thailand’s south coast. You can find the fair trade fish being sold every Friday to Sunday at the pop up markets here in the garden.
Drop in for a refreshing drink, some organic or soy coffee, or even just to admire the grounds and escape the city life.
Address: ทองหล่อ 3 泰國, Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand