Doi Saket | Thailand


Papaya | Blueberry | Cashew

 

Altitude | 1300 - 1500 MASL

Process | Natural

Variety | Yellow Bourbon

 

We're very excited to present our first ever coffee from Thailand! Cloud Picker takes its name from a hike we took through the coffee farms in Northern Thailand, not far from where this coffee was grown.

Doi Saket is the oldest coffee growing area of Thailand, in the Chiang Mai province. Thailand is mainly known for Robusta production, but the first Arabica trees were planted here in the 1970s, as part of a program to replace opium farming. Speciality grade coffee from Thailand is still rare, in part because much of this coffee is sold locally rather than exported. Production costs in Thailand are also high. Despite this, a number of cooperatives are emerging that are increasing quality by improving processing methods and retaining older Arabica varieties, such as the Bourbon in this lot, rather than switching to higher yielding trees.
To ensure a clean natural coffee, the co-operative takes great care with the harvesting and processing. Ripe cherries are picked by hand in the morning, hand sorted, then sent for processing immediately to avoid unwanted fermentation. Cherries are further sorted in a flotation tank, and tested for sugar content with a Brix meter to ensure ripeness. The cherries are dried in a single layer on raised beds, kept in greenhouses to control the environment and ensure even drying over the course of three weeks.





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