Our sourcing partners Beanspire have been working in Doi Pangkhon for nearly a decade. In Chiang Rai, Doi Pangkhon has 300 households with each typically producing about 1-2 tonnes of coffee parchment (also known as coffee beans). The villagers belong to Akha Hilltribe and are mostly between 25-35 years old, which is very young for coffee farmers.
Over the last few years, Beanspire have worked with individual households on their wet processing, and bought their parchment for them before hulling and grading at their mill. During the 2017-2018 season, there was substantial investment in a new wet mill that allows for more control of the coffee processing. In the 2018-2019 season, the mill was improved with the addition of a new roof, new pulpers and improved workflows. Last harvest season, the mill received even more updates – including a new electricity generator, a cupping lab and a new concrete floor.