Coffee Culture in Thailand: Kafae Boran

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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, soybeans, 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


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 Coffee in Thailand

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.