Temporarily out of stock (until June/July 2017).
Region: Chiang Rai, near Thailand's northern border
Altitude: 1100-1300m ASL
Varieties: Catimor, Typica
Harvested: Jan-Feb 2014
Processing: washed & honey process
This is a coffee that we are very passionate about, having visited the La Mai project in January 2012, and then again in December 2012.
It's an impressive program - good climate, good soil, good altitude, good infrastructure, and great people behind it. We were very pleased to continue our support of the La Mai project along with our partners Bright Hope World (NZ) and ITDP on the ground in Thailand for the 3rd year.
This year we've sourced from two villages in the Chiang Rai region; they were grown at 1100-1300m above sea level under forest cover (which promotes nice slow maturation of the cherries).
The cherries were collected from the village and taken to the central washing station where they were pulped and left to ferment overnight. The following morning they were rinsed and left to soak for up to 24 hours before being laid out of raised beds for drying.
Each year we've noticed an improvement in these beans, and this year is no exception! Expect a fairly earthy-nutty sweetness, with hints of dark chocolate and a subtle apple & plum acidity.