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Coffee journeys with Akha Ama Coffee, Chiangmai/Chiangrai

  • wanderingcat

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    A plug for a friend...

    Akha Ama Coffee is a little organic coffee enterprise started by a young Akha guy (Lee), to support the farmers in his village & neighbouring communities in the Mae Suai area of Chiangrai province. It aims to foster & support sustainable farming practices & help the farmers gain access to both local & international markets for their crop. It is also seeking to obtain fairtrade certification for their products.

    Akha Ama Coffee has a cafe at its office in Chiangmai city, not far from the ITM & SMH massage schools north of the old city area.
    Address: 9/1 Mata Apartments, Hussadhisewee Soi 3, Chang Phuak, Muang Chiangmai 50300
    Map with address in Thai (for local transport)
    Phone: +66 086 915 8600
    Email: info@akhaama.com
    Akha Ama Coffee on facebook
    A review here.

    Lee has also started a series of coffee journeys, where visitors are brought on a 3D2N trip to his home village in the mountains of Chiangrai to trace the journey of coffee from seed to cup.
    17-19 Dec 2010 (coincides with Akha New Year in his village)
    28-30 Jan 2011
    25-27 Feb 2011
    Cost: 1900 baht
    More details of what's involved here (conditions to expect & cost breakdown) & here.
    A review of & photos (1, 2, 3, 4) from earlier journeys.

    Would recommend this for coffee lovers who want to transform the way they look at their brew, & also those with an interest in the culture & food of the Akha ethnic group, the challenges they face as a marginalised group in Thailand, the life of ordinary villagers in rural Thailand, & sustainable farming practices...as well as for anyone who has wondered about what goes into the magic potion that wakes many around the world up & fuels countless hours of overtime work & all-nighters for deadlines & exams.

    #1 Posted: 10/12/2010 - 00:45

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