Thailand Mae Kha Jan Beanspire
Coffee was first introduced to Thailand in the 1970s by the former King of Thailand as a means to eradicate opium production. This has prov...
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Coffee was first introduced to Thailand in the 1970s by the former King of Thailand as a means to eradicate opium production. This has proved to be quite successful; as a late comer to coffee, the country has been able to produce high quality coffee in just a few short decades. Many coffee producing countries are facing the issue of an older farming generation and are struggling to keep younger people farming, but in Thailand, it is quite the opposite. Because coffee farms are accessible and farming is profitable, the coffee business is attractive to young entrepreneurs. On average, coffee farmers are between the ages of 25-35 years old in Chiang Rai, the northern region where this coffee is grown.
Fuadi Pitsuan and Jane Kittiratanapoiboon, founders of Beanspire Coffee, are a part of this younger generation of Thai coffee professionals. Fuadi frequented specialty cafes when he was studying in the US, and when Thai coffee was nowhere to be found, he began his mission to find high quality Thai coffees that he could bring to the US. Fuadi and Jane, a Chiang Rai native, came to know each other during their studies in the US. Sharing a passion for coffee, they established Beanspire in 2014. While Fuadi helps produce coffee with farmers during the harvest season and markets the coffee to roasters in Thailand and abroad, Jane spends most of her time at their three wet mills, collecting parchment, milling the coffee, sorting the beans and preparing them for delivery and export.
This washed coffee is from the Mae Kha Jan dry mill. It’s located in the low land, but is surrounded by many high mountains where coffee is produced. The mill consists of a huller, destoner, a size grader, and a gravity table, making it one of the most advanced mills in Thailand. This coffee is produced by 10 farmers around the mill. The coffee is fermented for 12-24 hours before it is dried on either bamboo raised beds or patios for 15-20 days.
We’ve had Thai coffee in the back of our minds for the past few years now, and we’re excited to represent this country on our coffee menu for the first time. Thailand Mae Kha Jan Beanspire is an exceptionally clean and approachable coffee. It has the delicate sweetness of an asian pear, a light juicy body that reminds us of young coconut, and finishes with an acidity similar to pomelo!
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