Bolaven Plateau

This coffee is roasted aggressively into first crack then heat is gradually reduced over the roast development phase until the point of second crack to encourage lots of caramelization and spicy notes.

Flavour Description

Bold with notes of dark chocolate and a toffee finish

Bolaven Plateau Coffee Producers Co-op (CPC)

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Once dominated by the ethnic Laven peoples, the Bolaven Plateau is now mostly populated by the Lao people that originated from norther Laos and Thailand. Laos—as well as portions of Cambodia and Vietnam—constituted colonial French Indochina until the 1940s when Vietnamese independence was declared.

Laos and much of Mainland Southeast Asia has endured decades of colonization, war, and human rights violations. Currently Laos is a one-party socialist republic where the one party is dominated by military generals and is heavily influenced by Vietnam and its army.

The Bolaven Plateau economy is dominated by agriculture and tourism. In the realm of agriculture, coffee is the dominant crop where 80% of production is Robusta coffee. It is certainly a novelty to have the opportunity to sell Arabica Laotian coffee. This particular coffee was purchased through Co-operatives Coffees – a roaster co-op importer with offices in Montreal. The Catimor variety contains 25% robusta genetics which gives it much resistance to disease and high productivity but does limit the amount of sweetness in the cup profile.

CPC was founded in 2007 and represents 1855 farmers. With support from the French Agency for Development, CAFEMA (Switzerland), and Malongo (France) the co-op has been able to improve infrastructure and tracking technology and maintain a continuous improvement process for their coffee quality.

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