Good karma

Coffee, many say, is the most popular beverage on earth after water. Yet good coffee is hard to come by in most places. But it is available in Thimphu, at Karma’s Coffee, located in the Zhamling Building somewhere above Hotel Phuntsho Pelri.

Karma’s is owned and run by Karma Tenzin, Bhutan’s first barista, who spent about two years in Australia training to make good coffee. And he made a lot of it: about four to five hundred cups a day!

Back home the pace is much slower. He makes only 40 to 50 cups of coffee a day. This, he claims, allows him to pull the perfect shot of espresso each and every time, This also allows him to offer his customers a much wider choice of espresso-based drinks, from cappuccino to a range of lattes all brewed from the choicest Arabica beans.

Karma’s is open everyday, from 11 AM to 9 PM, and serves milk shakes, freshly squeezed fruit juices, tea, iced coffee, cakes, sandwiches, and great coffee, all in a cozy setting offering comfortable seats, cool music, and free wifi, where no one will bother you as if you fiddle your laptop or bury your head in a book.

Karma Tenzin is courageous. And he is a professional. I’m impressed.