Morning coffee at Tea Garden in Mae Sot is such a nice experience. The cafe is tucked away just off the busy Intharakiri Road, and the small tables in the lush, green backyard attracts a quirky mix of artists, NGO-workers and locals. The coffee is freshly brewed from beans sourced from small coffee farms in the northern highlands of Thailand, ideal for the exquisite Arabica coffee, which thrives in mountainous regions.
Tea Garden doesn’t have any fancy espresso machines, but their French press coffee made with freshly ground beans is really all you need. I like the coffee with a bit of milk and a teaspoon of the delicious sugar that comes with the coffee at Tea Garden. I sometimes (as in every time) order Egg Roti, which is a type of flatbread that you sprinkle with sugar or condensed milk and that tastes like a little piece of heaven. What a wonderful way to start the day.