||Thailand Doi Saket Yellow Honey Typica 2019
||Province: Chiang Mai, District: Doi Saket
Doi Saket is the oldest coffee growing area in Thailand, located in Chiang Mai province. The first Arabica trees were tested there as part of the opium replacement program instituted by the Thai King back in the late 1970s. Those trees have never been replaced by higher-yield cultivars, like in many other regions. As a result, heirloom varietals – particularly Typica – are still commonplace on many old farms. The coffee trees are 30–40 years old – older than the farmers!
Typica is now rarer because farmers replaced it with higher-yielding plant stock and strands that are more leaf rust resistant. The region grows coffee at 1,000–1,500 metres above sea level (m.a.s.l.), but we only work with smallholders whose farms sit above 1,300 m.a.s.l. and have almost all Typica plants.
We first had this coffee in 2017 and that lot was intended to demonstrate to the farmers that there are people out there (*waves* hiya!) who appreciate and are willing to pay more for the heirloom cultivar to compensate for the lower yield. And now here we are in 2019 with it back once again after two great years of success and deliciousness. Yay ????
This is a super small lot – just four bags, in fact. Thai coffee is rare in the first place, but Thai Typica is super rare.
In the cup expect strawberry jam with a little rum mixed in. It's got a massive, chewy body which accentuates the sweetness and reinforces that jamminess. That's followed up by bonfire toffee on the aftertaste.
• Country: Thailand
• Province: Chiang Mai
• District: Doi Saket
• Processing method: Yellow Honey
• Altitude: 1,300–1,500 m.a.s.l.
• Varietal: Typica
CUPPING NOTES: Strawberry jam, rum, bonfire toffee.
• Clean cup: (1–8): 6
• Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
• Acidity: (1–8): 6
• Mouthfeel: (1–8): 7.5
• Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
• Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
• Balance: (1–8): 6
• Overall: (1–8): 6.5
• Correction: (+36): +36
• Total: (max. 100): 87
Medium dark – through first crack and up to the start of second, with an extended development to highlight the heavy body.
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