Three-time latte art champion Arnon “Tong” Thitiprasert didn’t like coffee the first time he tried it. “I found it very bitter,” the owner of Ristr8to in Thailand told BBC Travel. Things changed when he was studying English in Sydney and learning the ropes at an Italian restaurant—so much so that today Thitiprasert is known for crafting one of Chiang Mai’s most encyclopedic café menus. Rather than simply listing the drinks Ristr8to offers, it outlines ten distinct methods of melding milk and espresso. That way you won’t be ordering a cortado simply because it sounds cool; you’ll be ordering it because of its special glass and robust coffee-to-milk ratio.
15/3 Nimmanhaemin Rd., Suthep, Mueang, Chiang Mai, Thailand; +66-053-215-278.