OUR COFFEE COMES DIRECTLY FROM
FAMILY JON AND FAMILY TENG IN LAOS
Brøchner Hotels, together with Slow, works directly with two smallholder coffee growers in Laos - Family Jon and Family Teng - with the aim of improving their livelihoods and the tree cover and plant diversity on the family's farms and surrounding areas. And of course, our aim is to serve great coffee for you!
Scroll down or click below to meet the Family Jon and Family Bounyang.
BOLAVEN PLATEAU, LAOS
TOTAL HECTARES: 4.5
FARM ALTITUDE: 1277m
HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 7 PEOPLE
Mr. Jon, together with his wife, Mrs. Nouphai, and their five children, settled in Nongloung Village in Bolaven Plateau of Laos since 1994.
In 1997, the family started growing coffee in a ten-hectare farm lot with an elevation of 1271 meters above sea level (masl). Since then, his family spends most of their time cultivating different varieties of coffee. Mr. Jon’s family help each other in producing high-quality coffee beans. All of his children carried on his passion for farming which contributes to the improvement of their livelihood. One of the techniques of Mr. Jon that he passed on to his children is always to choose the best area when planting coffee trees with the right soil nutrients and temperature.
All of his farming techniques are lessons learned from his parents. Mr. Jon believes that their methods make their coffee beans stand out in taste and quality.
Mr. Jon is a funny guy who likes to drink beer and whiskey. Their family likes to eat quite a lot of variety of food. And even if he’s a busy man, he finds time to relax while watching football and boxing.
FAMILY JON'S FARM
FAMILY TENG'S FARMS
BOLAVEN PLATEAU, LAOS
TOTAL HECTARES: 1.4
FARM ALTITUDE: 1400m
HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 4 PEOPLE
Mrs. Teng, with her 2 children, lives in Pudamkhuan village, high up in the Bolaven Plateau of Laos.
She originally settled down in the area in 2000 and has grown coffee for 16 years. Some parts of the farm she grew from scratch herself, and some she inherited. Ms. Teng grows her coffee under the gentle shade of trees and takes care to use only natural farming methods on her property.
In her free time, Mrs. Teng loves listening to Lao country songs, spending time with her family, and the odd game of Petanque. She sometimes has a few beers or soft drinks with her favorite foods - bamboo soup, grilled chicken, and papaya salad.