Mango, Lychee & Cascara
Chiang Rai Province
Chiang Mai 80
THAILAND - MAE KHA JAN
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A BIT ABOUT THIS COFFEE
This wonderfully clean and softly sweet coffee comes from Khun Lao village in Chiang Rai province. It was processed using an anaerobic natural processing method, whereby the coffee is initially rested and fermented in an oxygen deprived environment before being carefully dried in a environment where temperature and humidity are both kept low. Humidity, rainfall and temperature variations are among many things that often hinder the production of naturals in Thailand, but we are seeing educated techniques being implemented to create successful outcomes. Only a small amount of this stunning natural lot was produced. A combination of careful processing, a unique variety and the terroir gives this coffee a bright, clean character with superb sweetness.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT
Soft sweet mixed fruit flavours & yummy mellow caramel vibes. A very clean and pleasantly moreish natural processed coffee.
HOW TO BREW
We love it as: Filter methods
Also good as: Plunger, Aeropress, Espresso, Stovetop
The mountainous parts of Chiang Rai Province are fast becoming a hub for young and passionate smallholder producers. Thanks to good prices and high demand for Thai specialty coffee there's a viable future for young farmers to make a living here. Production in this area is thanks to the royal project initiated by the late king in the 70's to eradicate opium production, rejuvenate the forests and create employment alternatives for rural minority people. Fast forward a few decades and specialty arabica production has become very sophisticated and the results are fantastic.
The variety of arabica is Chiang Mai 80, a Thai hybrid combining SL-28 from Kenya, with Catimor (Caturra x Hybrid de timor). This variety combines positive cup quality potential with some protective benefits against the problematic coffee leaf rust.
Old Quarter Size Guide
Not sure how much coffee to purchase? The information below is a guide to how much coffee you will need to last you two weeks, based on the number of cups you, or your household, drink each day.
- 250g Bag: 1-2 cups per day
- 500g Bag: 2-3 cups per day
- 1kg Bag: 4-5 cups per day
Remember that espresso style extractions use a bit more coffee than filter...you'll need to take half a cup or so off the estimations above. E.g. you'll get about 1.5 cups per day if you order the 250g bag for a fortnight.
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