Coffee is pretty average. The bean used for their Chemex was a darker roast and it was clean, but tasted like any other cup of coffee. Espresso was better than expected. A bit bitter with low acidity. Again though, nothing to write home about. The staff are polite. The atmosphere is pretty underwhelming.
As the previous reviewer noted this cafe is hard to find. As that Google Maps link did not work for me, here is some extra assistance. The 'official' address on their business card is 719-721, Street 14, Khum Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, but be prepared for noone to have heard of this, as most people seem to negotiate by landmarks rather than street names. So in that vein, do a search for Ivy Guest House and Bar and then search down the sidestreet opposite that, and you should find it easily. The coffee was a good as promised - my espresso was excellent - and served in lovely tableware/ceramic ware, which is always a bonus. Staff were very helpful, and there is a good selection of sweet treats to have with your coffee. Two minor concerns; they may not do as good a job with milk drinks, so perhaps go for a macchiato if you're a milk coffee type, also the cafe decor was a bit "Anytown, USA" which was a bit sad, given their focus on community-building and poverty-reduction in the local community. It would have been nicer to have a more Siem Reap feel, with the same excellent coffee and service.
The best coffee I had in Siem Reap and, as seems to be the case in this part of the world, also backed by a solid social conscience (http://peopleforcare.org/). Not only do they provide work and training for local people, but they also generate an income for a local Children's Home, provide Vocational Education (English, IT etc.), and even provide temporary accommodation for volunteers. To back up their social conscience they serve a decent doppio. I was reading a book when it arrived (very quickly) and it took me 30+ secs to look at it. SHOCK!!! THE CREMA WAS STILL THERE!!@#! The taste was still there too - good flavour, smooth and strong without being over-extracted and.... about 95% chemical flavour free. Woot. Onto a winner. So let's get this straight - you: get a decent espresso (in SEAsia), a cookie, WiFi, a balm for your conscience, do a good deed AND............ all for $1.50USD. So what's the catch? Well it's pretty hard to find. All the sites that I was able to find it on weren't able to agree - and they were all wrong anyway. Even the cafe's website doesn't have a location! I found the thing accidentally by walking back and forward down the every street between the River and Sivatha Road (fanaticism?). Anywho, i've pasted Google Maps directions below which lead from the Centre Market (easy to find). Go forth and navigate! http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=centre+market,+siem+reap,+cambodia&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&sll=13.357627,103.855884&sspn=0.003043,0.00412&geocode=FXHSywAdFLIwBiF_VrJnHUlgEA%3BFbjQywAdkLswBg&vpsrc=0&mra=ls&t=m&z=18
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