Saturday, May 16, 2009

9 May – Tea and coffee, Thailand

We drove up to the very northwest, to the village of Mae Aw. Kuomintang soldiers settled here when they were defeated by Mao in the 1940s. Thanks to its remote location, the village is still very Chinese. They grow a special Chinese tea which they export to Taiwan.
We found the most wonderful coffee in Ban Ruam Thai. A Thai man called Hilary has learnt how to grow, process and roast Arabica coffee. Everything is done manually, without electricity. And Hilary does it so well that any European passing by will cry out of joy and try to hug this coffee entrepreneur. Wonderful!

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