Our story can be traced back over 55 years to Richard and Marlene Mann who are considered Thailand’s coffee pioneers. Richard and Marlene came to Thailand in 1959 with the goal of seeing Thai highland villages become self-sustainable and free from the oppression of the drug cartels and human traffickers that inhabited the area. The solution came in the form of a coffee plant.
The Manns started an organization called The Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP), which slowly began working one village at a time, with the hope of eventually freeing all of northern Thailand of poverty. Today, over 150 villages are growing coffee, and all crops are owned 100% by the villagers. Lanna Coffee Co works alongside ITDP and the villagers to purchase that coffee, often paying twice the Fair Trade market value. This allows villagers to be self-sustainable while Lanna Coffee Co works to further support the cause by offering this premium product to the U.S. market.
Though Lanna Coffee Co is passionate about the cause of helping hill tribe people achieve a better life, we also take great pride in offering our customers a specialty product that will never disappoint. Our coffee’s low acidity level offers a gentle flavor without the burnt bitter aftertaste, no matter what roast profile you prefer. By taking our time and delivering a high quality product, as well as being focused on a holistic approach to delivering coffee from source to cup, we provide an unmatched coffee drinking experience for our customers that we hope you enjoy.
Every green coffee bean we purchase provides economic stability for the hill tribe farmers of northern Thailand and their families. Additionally, 25% of Lanna Coffee Co profits are used to provide educational and medical opportunities and to provide infrastructure like clean water to the hill tribes. It is this holistic approach that supports our claim of providing great coffee with an even greater purpose.
We work directly with the farmers to ensure high quality standards and great relationships. We truly see this as a partnership; not just a typical supplier relationship.
NO CLEAR CUTTING OR DEFORESTATION
Our farmers plant coffee trees among the existing forest. This not only allows the rainforest canopy to provide shade for the coffee trees (shade grown), it also guarantees that the coffee trees are an added element to the ecosystem rather than one that destroys the ecosystem.
NO PESTICIDES OR FERTILIZERS
Although we are not yet certified organic, our farmers do not use pesticides or fertilizers in the growing process. This ensures long-term sustainability for our farmers and for the growing environment. It also allows you to enjoy your coffee without worrying about harmful chemicals or other additives. Our coffee is fantastic because of the high altitude and ample rainfall in the region.
We pay more than authentic fair trade standards for our coffee to over 500 hardworking farming families in order to ensure long term sustainability for their amazing work. We are committed to treating everyone involved in bringing Lanna Coffee to your home with the utmost respect and care.
Our coffee’s low acidity level offers a gentle flavor without the burnt bitter aftertaste, no matter what roast profile you prefer. We think you’ll really enjoy the excellent flavor profiles only found in coffee from northern Thailand.
I had the pleasure of trying Lanna Coffee Co coffee and oh my was it good! I tried their espresso, french and artisan roasts and each one had so much favor. Even my coffee snob of a husband loved Lanna Coffee Co coffee. What I love most about this coffee is that it comes from a responsible company that supports no clear cutting or deforestation and doesn't use pesticides or fertilizers. Lanna Coffee Co coffee truly tastes amazing and I highly recommend it!
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