Here at Lanna we recommend grinding your coffee prior to brewing. This allows for the freshest possible cup. There is a lot of science involved but essentially there are many components to the bean that are released shortly after grinding and to capture those flavors, grind and then brewing within 10-15 minutes is ideal.
Having a bit of knowledge about the process of coffee is neat in having a connection to what makes your morning coffee so incredible. Use this information to boggle some minds and to stay connected to the hard work that our farmers are putting in on a yearly basis.
There are primarily 3 different ways to process coffee once it is picked off of the tree. (To learn more about what a coffee bean (or seed) is, visit this post) 1) Natural - When the coffee is picked off the tree, it is dried immediately on the drying beds (with the seed inside). The drying could take quite a while (up to 4 weeks) then taken to a mill to be harvested, which involves removing the bean from the cherry. The process keeps many of the fruit flavors with the beans still (many describe natural processed coffee with various hints...
Coffee has been around for centuries originating in the Middle East, but in recent years coffee from Thailand has gained popularity for it's quality and perfect location to grow Arabica coffee. Now Thailand is growing strong in the coffee production. The Arabica plant thrives in areas of heavy rainfall and higher elevations, so the hill tribes of Thailand are perfect. Arabica beans are commonly grown in the Chiang Mai province in northern Thailand. The other type of coffee bean, Robusta, is grown in the southern parts of Thailand.