We are very excited to have our first ever coffee from Thailand. This is an emerging specialty coffee origin; traditionally the focus has been on commodity-grade Robusta production, as with other countries in the region such as Vietnam. However, a drive towards improving Arabica varieties and production in Thailand over the last few years means that great coffees such as this one are becoming available. We came to this through Beanspire coffee, an exciting exporter that has been working with various coffee producing communities over the last few years.
This coffee all comes from one village, Doi Pangkhon, in Chiang Rai province. The farmers are all relatively young, and with the help of Beanspire have been improving the growing and processing practices to enter the specialty market. This includes applying a washed process that is similar to Kenyan processing, where there is both dry and wet fermentation for 12 hours. This year Beanspire invested in a wet mill to have greater control and consistency when processing the coffee.
The other interesting part of this story concerns the varieties. You may have come across Catuai and Typica before, but Chiang Mai is a locally developed hybrid to ensure disease resistance and cup quality. This is done by crossing a Catimor variant with SL28, the delicious variety originating in Kenya.
Combine the interesting mix of varieties and attention to detail in the processing, and you have a coffee with a deep sweetness and lots of complexity.
- Country: Thailand
- Region: Chiang Rai
- Village: Doi Pangkhon
- Elevation: 1250 - 1500 masl
- Coffee Variety: Catuai, Typica, Chiang Mai
- Process: Washed
- Number of years partnership: 1 year