Fine Robusta by Thawat Khoniak, Thailand

Coffee bag of Single farm fine robusta from Thailand
Thawat Khoniak (Hneng, fine robusta producer from Thailand in a wheelchair)
Fine robusta coffee being inspected and packed for shipping at Mae Kha jan washing station

Fine Robusta by Thawat Khoniak, Thailand

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Let’s try something different, let’s have a 100% robusta filter coffee!
Where the specialty coffee industry is mainly focused on Arabica coffee with all it’s varieties and processing techniques. The robusta is often overlooked and disregarded as a lower “quality”, a dirty, earthy coffee and even looked down upon by many specialty coffee roasters and professional globally.
The harsh truth is, robusta currently accounts for appxt 40% of the world production. It is more resilient against diseases, drought caused by climate change and often provides higher yield.
Where specialty arabica can provide coffee farmers with their own “R&D” development which can stimulate further progress of overall production, robusta is being left aside.
The results are the continuation of unethical processes and not engaging in the growth of robusta coffee producers as entrepreneurs. Quite unethical and not inclusive at all.
I too am a big fan of clean washed arabica coffees with their complex flavours and have looked down on robusta for quite a while, until I came across the robusta produced by Thawat Khoniak.
Thawat is a 4th generation robusta producer who decided to take a different approach than his parents; Instead of selling and producing robusta for tradional traders (who did not cover the cost of production), he decided to produce and process the robusta on his farm with a specialty coffee approach. Resulting in picking the ripe cherries and processing these like a high grade specialty arabica. The result is a clean, very clean robusta with floral notes, spices, plums and more to discover. It’s a new door opening in terms of flavour profiling.
I can proudly offer his Single farm fine Robusta roasted as filter to share it’s beauty and as an attempt of opening the dialogue about robusta quality further.
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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.
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