Thai Coffee Beans

Region: Asia
Profile: Citrus, smooth
Production: 66 million lbs (0.3% global production)
Global Rank: 26
Varieties: 1% Arabica, 99% Robusta, 0% Liberica

Thai Coffee Overview

Coffee production in Thailand began as recently as the 1970s when King Bhumibol Adulyadej began an effort to switch farmers to crops like coffee instead of opium. Arabica is grown in northern Thailand, a region known as the Golden Triangle, with other regions specializing in Robusta.

That doesn’t mean the coffee industry in Thailand is all low-quality beans. Some farms, like the Nacha farm at nearly 5,000 feet in Chiang Mai, use a painstaking process of handpicking only ripe cherries from their small lot Arabica farm. The result is a coffee that won the 2007 Long Beach Specialty Coffee Association of America’s title for “Best Asia Coffee.”

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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!