Piyachat Trithaworn and Natthiti Ampriwan are artists from Bangkok, Thailand, who double as specialty coffee aficionados. Find out more!
EACH STORY ABOUT COFFEE STARTS AT A PLANTATION.
The Gallery Drip Coffee in Bangkok, Thailand, is the brainchild of Piyachat Trithaworn, a photographer who fell in love with speciality coffee culture. Piyachat, informally known as ‘Pi’, was visiting farmers on picturesque plantations in North Thailand when he discovered the beauty of cultivating, processing, roasting, preparing and sipping quality coffee. Together with his friend, Natthiti Ampriwan, he launched an unique art project, aimed at promoting the specialty coffee culture in Bangkok and beyond.
Respecting nature and the mindful preparation of drinks and food are central aspects of Asian cultures. Pi deeply enjoys the simple, sensual ritual of preparing, serving and tasting drip coffee. He loves to smell the coffee while grinding it and finds beauty when he observes how the hot water slowly flows through the freshly grounded beans. Similar to the Japanese Tea Ceremony, baristas focus all their attention on predefined movements and exact measurements. They use specific, functional equipment – complete with elegant designs – to prepare the coffee. Baristas carefully set up all items before they get ready to slowly pour hot water over freshly grounded coffee.
“SUCCESS OCCURS WHEN OPPORTUNITY MEETS PREPARATION.” – Zig Ziglar
What excited Pi about handcrafted coffee? It provides baristas with the ability to control every part of the brewing process. Upon returning home from his visit to the plantations, he rolled up his sleeves and began to experiment with pour-over coffee. He tried different grind sizes, water temperature, pour speed, bloom time and more. It did not take long until Pi began to hand-roast his own coffee beans. As he was pursuing his passion, an opportunity came knocking on his door.
Bangkok Art & Culture Center
At the same time Pi was exploring his new-found passion, the Bangkok Art & Culture Center was looking for artists eager to start short-term projects in one of the many empty rooms of the big building. Participants were asked to come up with ideas that would be beneficial to the art community in Bangkok. Pi and Natthiti Ampriwan, his friend and fellow artist, used this opportunity to launch an inspiring art project: a micro-sized, third-wave coffee shop, which specializes in serving light-roasted, single origin drip coffee.
Gallery Drip Coffee
The Gallery Drip Coffee was born! Yet what was intended to be a short-term project proved to be an instant success in supporting the art community. Now a fully-fledged coffee shop open 6 days a week, it attracts a melting pot of artists from different walks of life.
Pi and Natthiti treat all coffee-making processes, from the fruit to the cup, as a form of art.
They want to make sure that customers enjoy high-quality hand-brewed drip coffee that highlights all the unique characteristics of the selected beans. Pi and Natthiti are involved in every step of the coffee- making process, from cultivating the fruits to serving coffee to their customers. It is their priority to only source quality coffee beans. They select their beans carefully while taking into account their physical and spiritual aspects.
Not only the shape, fragrance, and taste of the beans matters to them, but also their origin and history. They cooperate with coffee farmers in Northern Thailand and on the outskirts of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai who source Arabica beans ethically. Besides offering local quality beans, they also import beans from various far-off coffee growing regions abroad like Central- and South America or Africa.