Thailand Doi Pangkhon Natural
We are excited to offer another unique coffee from an emerging specialty origin, Thailand. Known more for its commercial rather than specialty production, some coffee producers in Thailand are breaking from this tradition by focusing on improving quality. The fact that coffee drinking is common throughout the country is helping this transition. New specialty cafes are thriving in both urban centers and tourist areas. These cafes often feature coffee from quality-minded producers in the north of Thailand. Although the country produces an estimated 20 million pounds of Arabica species coffee annually, less than one percent of that total is exported.
Doi Pangkhon is a village in Chiang Rai Province of about 300 households that have been growing coffee for over 40 years. Before coffee farming, many of the Akha Hill tribe farmers were engaged in poppy cultivation for the production of opium. In an effort to reduce dependence on the illegal drug trade and its related violence, the Thai government encouraged farmers to grow high value Arabica coffee as a cash crop instead. Unlike many other coffee growing regions throughout the world, these coffee farmers are young, mostly 25-35 years old. Our export partner Beanspire has been collaborating with the young growers of Doi Pangkhon for more than five years, focusing on quality improvement projects and processing experiments such as this, dried-in-the-fruit, natural processed coffee. For this lot, the cherries were harvested in the mornings and then transported to lower elevations for drying on raised bamboo platforms in thin layers for 21-30 days. Along with the better known Catuai and Typica varieties, this coffee also includes Chiang Mai 80, which is a rust resistant hybrid developed by a local university that combines SL28, Caturra and Hybrido de Timor