Kingdom Bean Coffee Roastery is pleased to feature some specialty coffees from Asia. Beyond coffee grown on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, Asian coffee is not very well known in the world. And what is known about coffee from Asia is often about the vast amounts of low-quality Robusta produced in Vietnam. However, Asia is home to some very unique specialty Arabica coffees. These coffees represent a wide range of incredible flavors and aromas. There are certainly some gems to be found in Asia when it comes to quality coffee, and we are happy to be one of the very few roasters of fine coffees from this region.
Laos is one of the smallest, isolated and remote countries in the world. Laos is not known for their coffee, though through Vietnamese influence, much Robusta coffee was cultivated in the south. I lived in Laos for 15 years and founded Saffron Coffee, which promoted high-quality Arabica coffee to former growers of opium in the north, around the city of Luang Prabang. Northern Lao coffee is known for its smoothness, gentle acidity, light-syrupy mouthfeel and notes of cedar, molasses and dark tamarind. Laos is beginning to contribute to a positive reputation for Asian coffee.
Kingdom Bean Coffee Roastery is delighted to roast and offer one of the most incredible coffees you can find in the region that originates from Southern China, in the province of Yunnan. Yunnan Fuyan coffee has a delightfully smooth combination of fruit and spice notes. There is nothing else like it--a rare find in Asia, grown in the land of fine tea in the highlands around Pu'er.
We are also one of the very few roasteries in the US that offers a Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) highland Arabica from northern Thailand. Thai Abonzo coffee is grown on Doi Chang (Elephant Mountain) in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand by the Akha tribe. This well-balanced coffee scores well in coffee cuppings due to its cultivation in cool temperatures high elevations under the canopies of tropical rainforests. Akha women, many of whom have fled the sex trade in Bangkok, sort these beans by hand and make a sustainable living for their work. In fact, because of the high prices the quality Thai Abonzo coffee beans fetch, this cooperative is able to mitigate much of the risk of human trafficking in a region that has suffered from this terrible trade for decades. It is truly a coffee that tastes good and does good.
Kingdom Bean Coffee Roastery is not finished purveying and sourcing quality Asian coffees. It is our region of focus. In addition to our Sumatra Gayo, Yunana Fuyan, Thai Abonzo and Lao coffees, soon we hope to offer some fine selections from northern Vietnam and perhaps Myanmar and the Philippines as well.
Brew some of our Asian coffee offerings today and stay tuned for what is ahead!