Fine Robusta by Thawat Khoniak, Thailand
Thailand has always been one of the countries never mentioned when spoken of specialty coffee, until recently that is. In the Chiang mai and Chiang Rai region a new generation of specialty coffee bars, roasters and consumers has become an example of how micro economics and locally sourced products can create a small network of change. Most quality coffee worldwide is produced for exporting purposes, but in these regions not anymore. In these regions farmers, roasters barista’s and even consumers closely communicate to jointly create a better product. This way most of the quality coffee finds its way to the local specialty coffee community. This pressurizes the Thai quality coffee prices because their local market is the global competitor, but this is a very positive development and we’re more than happy to pay more to support and connect local communities to our clients.
The Chiang Mai region is the home ground of Thawat Khoniak or Hneng for short. A second generation robusta farmer with the ambition to change the Thai robusta reputation.
Robusta was a negative reputation due to the mass coffee industry standardsl; producing for volume and neglecting quality in the process. Hneng, being a second generation robusta grower takes care and pride in his work, picking the cherries selectively and processing according to specialty arabica coffee standards. This process creates a fine robusta with a clean and pleasant taste with floral notes. Which we have never experienced before yet.
This robusta in the FLOW blend adds to the traditional senses of recognition in a more sophisticated and responsible way.
Find out more about Thai specialty coffee and Hneng in our podcast episode with Fuadi Pitsuwan, the exporter of Thai specialty coffees.