Thailand Hua Chang Yeast Inoculated Anaerobic Natural | 25 lb | A-445124
Regular price $275.00
Hua Chang—translated literally to “Elephant Head”—is the highest section with its own distinct microclimate in the Doi Chang area of Chiang Rai, the biggest coffee producing region in Thailand. Coffee in Hua Chang is grown under the shade of the forest that covers the land, benefitting from the fertile and nutrient-rich volcanic black soil in the area. Here, Nawin Yaesorkoo grows coffee at 1450 meters above sea level, making it one of the highest coffee farms in Thailand.
Coffee farming is a relatively new industry in Thailand, and one that is proving to be attractive to young entrepreneurs like Nawin. Thailand's current coffee history dates back to the 1970s, when an opium eradication project started by the King of Thailand introduced the first coffee trees to areas like Doi Saket. Efforts to reforest degraded land and introduce coffee and other crops to replace illicit cultivations proved extremely successful. Farmers’ mountain properties today are flourishing, with many of the original planted varieties—like Catuai, Typica, and local Chiang Mai which is a cross between SL-28, Caturra, and Timor hybrid—thriving in healthy production.
Hua Chang Yeast Inoculated Anaerobic Natural was sourced from our exporting partners in Thailand, Beanspire Coffee. Beanspire’s co-founders, Fuadi Pitsuwan and Jane Kittiratanapaiboon, are part of the young generation moving the Thai coffee industry forward. Thailand is unique as a coffee producing country; the country’s specialty cafe and roaster scene is thriving, and domestic consumption demands regularly outpace the country’s production volume. Only around 5% of Thailand’s specialty coffee is exported each year, while the rest is enjoyed by Thai coffee drinkers. This means that the coffees selected for export by the team at Beanspire are each chosen to share the work of Thai coffee producers with a global audience, providing a glimpse into the growing specialty coffee revolution happening in the country.
Beanspire mill is one of the most advanced in Thailand, with a destoner, huller, and a gravity table for density sorting. Jane and Fuadi have built Beanspire to produce quality from the outset, passing all coffee through density and hand sorting multiple times to ensure quality and uniformity. Coffee is packed in triple layer bags for shipment: cotton bag as outer layer, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) as middle layer, and GrainPro as inner layer. The HDPE bags help maintain moisture content, thus preserving quality for longer. We’re proud to partner with Beanspire Coffee to share this unique lot of coffee with you.
This lot of coffee underwent yeast-inoculated Anaerobic Natural processing. Coffee cherries were first fermented in sealed tanks with a one-way valve with an added yeast commonly used in red wine production. During fermentation, the tanks were partially submerged in water in order to control the temperature of the process. This first fermentation was done for five days. The tanks were then opened to add extra nutrients along with a second yeast strain which is commonly used in white wine production. The coffee was fermented for another five days before being dried. The fermented coffee was dried on raised beds for 25 days.
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Chiang Rai is Thailand’s northernmost province in what is known as the Golden Triangle, the intersection of the borders with neighboring Myanmar and Laos. The region’s high mountains were once the epicenter of the country’s opium cultivation and smuggling routes, but coffee, banana, coconut, and pineapple crops have replaced illicit farming with environmentally and socially sustainable alternatives.
The city of Chiang Rai is the largest in northern Thailand, and both the city and the province have a long history of influence from the various dynasties who have ruled Southeast Asian from ancient to modern times. Recent reforestation efforts have restored Chiang Rai’s mountains, and Thailand’s young generation sees the potential of farming quality coffee as a path to success for landholders. Farms are located close to cities and are very accessible; this proximity expedites the transitions between processing stages and provides quality assurance. The country has built a strong reputation for tourism along its coastal beaches and towns, and Thailand’s coffee farmers hope to build Thailand’s next reputation as a savvy producer of fine specialty coffees.
- RegionChiang Rai
- ProducerNawin Yaesorkoo; Beanspire Coffee
- FarmYaesorkoo Family Farm
- VarietyCatuai, Typica, Chiang Mai
- ProcessYeast Inoculated Anaerobic Natural
- Elevation1450 meters
- Coffee CategoryReserve Lot
- Packaging25 lb box with GrainPro liner
- Tasting NotesMilk Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Hops, Honeysuckle