Process: Washed Variety: Caturra, Catimor, Typica, Bourbon
S.O. Espresso Thailand Doi Pangkhon - Green Coffee
Includes 2 lb Thailand Doi Pangkhon green coffee.
Almond liqueur, raisin, leather and spice; bamboo, butter and apple. Full bodied, balanced, masculine, with soft fruit tones.
Doi Pangkhon is perhaps Thailand’s most promising coffee growing region: good altitude, mild climate, healthy soil, and cherry blossoms serving as shade trees. The conditions are ideal for growing world class coffee, and the cupping table confirms it.
Up until the early 21st century, Doi Pangkhon was better known for supplying opium because it's situated in the Golden Triangle, an extensive network where most of the world’s opium poppy was produced. Transitioning the region from opium to coffee has been several decades in the making - a modern story in itself of sustainability, uprising, and revival.
In 2013, Miguel was hired as a consultant by a local export company in Northern Thailand to assess the quality potential of the region’s coffees. During the trip he stumbled onto Doi Pangkhon and later met a 24 year-old farmer from the Akha Hill Tribe, Chaiyo Maecheku (you read it right: 24 years old!). Chaiyo’s coffee stood out as being some of the best he’d cupped during his time in Thailand. While wandering the field Miguel noted several excellent cultivars: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra and Catimor.
Chaiyo inherited one of the highest elevation coffee estates at Doi Pangkhon from his grandfather - a former opium producer - and now runs the estate with assistance from his family. His coffees are washed using natural spring water via a modified Kenya-style process, then dried on bamboo beds.
This is a GREAT example of what you can expect from this growing region: dried fruit, leather and spice; full bodied and complex. AND for the first time in 25 years of coffee cultivation, Chaiyo and his family are seeing their coffees on the international market!
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- Continent: Asia
- Country: Thailand
- Farm: Chaiyo Maecheku
- Process: Washed
- Region: Chiang Rai, Doi Pangkhon
- Variety: Caturra, Catimor, Typica, Bourbon
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