This is a grade 1, Rainforest Alliance certified, naturally processed coffee from the Bolaven Plateau, an elevated region in southern Laos.
The Bolavens Plateau in South Laos is the most favorable region for coffee cultivation in the country. The region boasts high elevations (up to 1,350masl), rich volcanic soils, and a moderate climate with plentiful sunshine, rainfall and a low risk of frost. The gentle slopes of the plateau negate many of the farming challenges posed by more mountainous and varied terrain.
The economy in Laos is overwhelmingly dominated by agriculture, accounting for around 25% of GDP and 73% of the labor force. With 22% of the population also living below the poverty line there is a continuing need for sustainable agricultural supply chains and specialty coffee represents a key opportunity for these communities.
More About Laos
In the southwest corner of Laos, the Mekong river approaches the border with Cambodia as if approaching an ocean, fanning out into so many delta-like fingers that the region is called Si Phan Don, Four Thousand Islands. A hundred miles north, after hugging the border with Thailand for 500 miles, the Mekong—whose name derives from Mae Nam Khong, Mother of All Rivers—breaks with the boundary between the two countries to meet up with the smaller Xe Don river at the city of Paske, capital of the Champasak province. This stretch of the Mekong marks the western edge and southwestern corner of Champasak, the Bolaven Plateau, and the coffee lands of Laos.
PROCESSING Natural/Dry Processed
PROCESSING DESCRIPTION Anaerobic fermentation
CERTIFICATIONS Rainforest Alliance
PLANT SPECIES Arabica
COFFEE GRADE LAO CA NAT PR G1
Tasting notes first crack: Black cherry, Greek olive, sweet and savory, good intensity, syrah like