Notes from Thailand

On the 20th of February, our production manager Cory and I ventured to Chiang Mai Thailand to visit our partners ITDP and connect with the coffee operations. We seek to visit every 12 to 18 months to continue to further our partnership and capture stories that document the impact occurring at the farm level throughout the year

The coffee harvest this year ended about a month earlier than the typical harvest, ending in mid-February as opposed to the usual time of mid-March. I was very excited to be able to take Cory along to visit the fields from which thousands of coffee beans pass through his hands every month.

coffee doing though a de-pulping machineWe spent time cupping coffees from the different villages to be able to pick out a few that we may release as single farm coffee this coming year! We also spent a great deal of time at the warehouse where the coffee gets hulled (the outer thin shell comes off the green beans via a hulling machine. This is the final step before the coffee is bagged and prepped to go into a container, which will of course then be shipped to us via boat. 

Coffee cherries going through a de-pulping machine. 

We also talked through the village that Lanna will be selecting to fund a water project for this year. The project will be funded by late March, with the planning and scheduling phases beginning shortly thereafter. This one water project provides an enormous and much-needed benefit to the Thai villagers. Here are a few of the significant benefits. 
  • All families will receive a latrine (toilet/outhouse)
  • All families will play a role in the implementation of the project so it's sustainable
  • All families will receive a water faucet in their home with access to clean drinking water

These are but a few of the benefits these villagers will receive simply because of you choosing to brew Lanna Coffee. We'll continue to provide updates on the project as we go so follow us on social media for future updates!

Cory, Bryan, and Rome in Thailand
This is a picture of Bryan and Cory with Rome - the Water Project Manager who sets up the surveys and arranges the projects.

One of the highlights of our coffee journey featured traveling to the village of Doi Inthanon. Here we got to connect with a few of the farmers and see their coffee fields. This harvest is the second harvest produced by Doi Inthanon. It's a great coffee and shows great promise in its ability to continue to rise higher in quality with future years of partnership.

I had a chance to talk to Tapatu and asked him why growing coffee has improved his life.  He mentioned how his daughters now have the resources needed to get an education at a school 45 minutes away. This small but significant change in his families life has the ability to set a precedent of education that will positively impact many generations to come. When education becomes the norm, income and economic opportunity can be transformative.

Cory and I also had the opportunity to spend some time at a processing warehouse. This is where the green coffee comes down from the hills to finish its final steps before getting loaded up and shipped to us in the US. It was exciting to see the final steps the coffee goes through as it's brought down to the city, processed, graded, bagged and then shipped.

There are so many steps that this coffee goes through to make it to Fresno and we really seem to have the easiest part. We as the coffee professionals and you as the consumer get to enjoy the incredible work and love that is placed into each bean. 

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