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Doi Chaang Coffee

Single-Estate Piko’s Peaberry

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Origin: Northern Thailand.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: CAD $15.99/16 ounces

Review Date: December 2012

Agtron: 46/63

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicate, crisp, slightly roasty. Balanced aroma and cup: dark chocolate, fir, raisin, zesty tangerine, with a slight hint of savory baking spice. Bright acidity with a drying edge; silky mouthfeel. Flavor carries into a dry finish.

Notes:

This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair-Trade certified, meaning it was produced following organic agricultural procedures and purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Doi Chaang is a single-estate coffee produced by a northern Thailand hill tribe in the Golden Triangle mountains of Thailand and roasted in Canada. The independent coffee growers receive over 50% of the profits of this unusual and pioneering venture. For this and other reasons, Doi Chaang labels its coffees “Beyond Fair Trade,” making the argument that Doi Chaang pushes beyond Fair Trade in its progressive social and economic arrangements. This coffee consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Visit www.doichaangcoffee.com or call 866-924-2264 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Inspiring story on the bag and crisp, subtle complexity in the cup.