Choosing Thailand as your next travel destination
is going to be the best one you could ever make.
Thai cuisine is going to steal your heart,
as well as its rich architectural history
and breathtaking beaches.
We are pretty sure though if you were asked to talk about Thailand,
the fact that this country is a specialty coffee producing country
wouldn’t even cross your mind.
The interesting fact is that the average age of coffee producers
in Thailand are between the ages of 25 and 35.
Working in farming provides better prospects
than attaining a PhD degree
and this is not something we usually see in the world today.
May I have a cup of Kafae Boran?
Kafea boran is a traditional Thai coffee.
It is a very strong coffee, most often made with only Robusta beans
and served with sweetened, condensed milk.
It was developed during WW2 as an answer to the expensive coffee.
At 20 baht ($0.60), it’s no wonder it has been the standard for decades.
Note though that the Thai cafe culture is blooming and
you can of course find a latte and an espresso on the menus now.
Locals still make Kafae boran
but you can’t leave Thailand without trying it,
especially if you like your coffee sweet.
The traditional iced coffee
is called Oliang
“O” means black and “liang” means cold.
It’s a mixture of several other ingredients next to the coffee of course.
While recipes vary, the most common additives are corn, soy beans,
cardamom, sesame seeds and rice.
The good thing is you could totally make Oliang at home,
without having to go to Thailand, although it would be well worth it.
Chiang Mai is known as
the Coffee Capital of Thailand
We are going to write about coffee culture in this beautiful city
but we can’t resist and say a few other things about
the largest city in Northern Thailand.
There are beautiful temples
that must be visited at least once in a lifetime.
Also, one of the best things you can do
is visit an elephant sanctuary.
These elephants were saved from the tourism industry
or purchased when they were in poor health.
You can spend a full or half of a day playing with them and feeding them.
While, during the night,
you shouldn’t miss the shopping moment at the bazaars.
Chiang Mai Coffee
Did you know though, that Chiang Mai coffee
is among the best coffee in the world?
You can walk around this vibrant city literally not being able to find
one single bad cafe serving bad coffee.
In case you are ever in Chiang Mai, make sure you visit
one of the coffee plantations called Doi Chang.
Doi Chang village is situated in the northern highlands
of Chiang Rai Province.
Over the past twenty years,
the villagers have been cultivating excellent coffee.
Doi Chang was given coffee plants to start growing
on their land in place of opium,
and due to the area’s higher elevations
and cooler temperatures, coffee began to flourish.
For years, the tribes around Doi Chang grew organic coffee,
but they also were forced to
sell their high quality beans to third parties
who didn’t do their coffee justice
by mixing it with lesser quality beans
and selling it as generic coffee.
After growing coffee for over 20 years,
the heads of Doi Chang decided to
form their own alliance
and sell their high quality coffee themselves,
calling it Doi Chaang Coffee.
While doing the research,
we came across this video where you can get a feeling
of what Thailand Coffee Culture
represents and how much it means to their people.
From serving traditional coffee to being third in Asia
for coffee producing Thailand has come a long way from
its very start until this age.
Known for its emphasis on organic and fair trade practices,
this region has produced some extraordinary coffee.
After reading the article, we hope that now when you think of Thailand,
you’ll also think of coffee.