Farm: Wiang Pa Po smallholders
Region: Chiang Rai, Doi Pangkhon
Variety: Chiang Mai 80, Yellow Catuai, Catimor, Typica, Bourbon
Dark Chocolate, spice, and black cherry. Full bodied and balanced with soft fruit tones.
Wiang Pa Pao Fully Washed is a project led by Jane Kittiratanapaiboon, a co-founder of Beanspire, in the Wiang Pa Pao district of Chiang Rai, Thailand. She controlled the process, cupped the coffee and collected the parchments from a wet mill nearby Beanspire's dry mill in Wiang Pa Pao.
The coffee industry in Thailand started out as an opium eradication project launched by the former King of Thailand. Compared to Myanmar and Laos, Thailand is much more successful in this endeavor. Most farmers (in fact much of the whole coffee industry) we work with are young, with an average age of 25-35 years old. This young movement is a result of the fact that our country is much more developed than most coffee origins. It is very easy to get to coffee farms in Thailand. In Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, which are two of the largest coffee producing provinces in Thailand, you can get to a farm in 45 mins from the airport. Thailand has a coffee system that works, relatively to other origins. Children of farmers are coming back to farms. There is also a vibrant local specialty and coffee culture that helps support the farmers at an acceptable price. It is a good success story for using coffee as an agent of change and sustainability.
This coffee went through a 12-24 hrs wet fermentation, depending on the weather. The pulped coffee was when soaked in fresh water for 12 more hours, then cleaned to completely remove the mucilage. After that, they dried their coffee on bamboo raised beds and greenhouses for 15-20 days. In terms of green preparation, the coffee went through a destoner, huller, size grader, density table and ended with handsorting. The green passed through the density table multiple times. We shipped coffee in a triple layered bag, which includes a cotton bag in the outer layer, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) in the middle layer and Grain Pro in the innermost layer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dark roast coffee?
Dark roast coffee refers to coffee beans that have been roasted for a longer duration. This results in a darker, oilier appearance and a fuller, bolder flavor. Dark roasts often have notes of chocolate or toasted nuts, and our Thailand Wiang Pa Pao Dark Roast is a splendid example of this rich, robust character.
Is dark roast coffee stronger?
In terms of flavor and body, dark roast coffee is often perceived as stronger due to its bolder, fuller taste and aroma. However, it's important to note that roasting process doesn't necessarily affect the caffeine content significantly. The difference in caffeine content between light and dark roasts is typically negligible.
What does washed coffee taste like?
Washed coffee, also known as wet-processed coffee, is known for its bright, clear flavors and high acidity. The process of washing the coffee cherries before drying tends to highlight the coffee's inherent flavor characteristics, often leading to a cleaner taste profile. With our Thailand Wiang Pa Pao Dark Roast, you can expect a smooth, balanced taste with noticeable clarity.