% Arabica start his expansion in Thailand with the first store, opened Monday, June 1st., the no.58 in the world.
The first location in the capital city of Bangkok is insidie ICONSIAM, which is an amazingly modern shopping mall with a vibrant display of Thai culture.
A futuristic yet minimalistic store with an illuminating floor, floating coffee bean cellar, and 300-degree stool seats where you can take a break and enjoy some coffee while people-watching.
%Arabica’s stated philosophy is “See The World Through Coffee” and it uses high-quality beans from at least three continents—including growers in Ethiopia, Panama, Guatemala and Hawaii (where founder Kenneth Shoji owns a farm), among other locations. Its state-of-the-art roasting machines are also of note; custom-made Slayer espresso machines manufactured in Seattle.
Shoji founded %Arabica in 2014 in Kyoto, and just five years later, the specialty coffee shop and lifestyle brand already counts 38 stores in 11 countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Germany, and Kuwait. Shoji works closely with the brand’s global head barista—and World Latte Art champion—Junichi Yamaguchi.