SLOW DARK ESPRESSO COFFEE
DARK CHOCOLATE AND CACAO
We work slowly and at nature's pace - to fulfill our mission of growing great coffee and preserving and regenerating the world's forests.
Slow Coffee is grown by 140 individual smallholder families on the Bolaven Plateau in Laos, whom all grow their coffee under the gentle shade of trees, practicing the art of agroforestry.
This coffee lot was grown by the following Slow farmers. Please click through to visit their farms and learn more about them:
TOTAL HECTARES: 6
FARM ALTITUDE: 1076m
HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 7 PEOPLE
Mr. Ngae, together with his Mrs. Toui, tend their 6-hectare farm on the quiet and small village of Pudam Khuan.
Their family is known for practicing the sustainable and natural way of farming, which he learned from his ancestors. Following in his parents’ footsteps, Mr. Ngae prides himself on growing coffee in an area with shade trees, good weather, and nutrient soil. His family cultivates coffee with dedication and passion, which makes their beans extra special.
Aside from farming, Mr. Ngae also spends quality time with his family while enjoying a beef soup with a glass of his favorite local whiskey.
FAMILY NGAE'S FARMS
FAMILY DUANGTA'S FARMS
TOTAL HECTARES: 12
FARM ALTITUDE: 1071m
HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 8 PEOPLE
Mr. Doungta and his wife Mrs. Koudkeo, cultivate a 12-hectare farm in the lush landscape of Phoudamkhuan village of Laos.
He and his family moved to Phoudamkhuan village in 2003 for growing coffee, but they have been cultivating coffee crops for 20 years around the Bolaven Plateau. Mr. Doungta is a highly skillful farmer — he grows coffee crops at 1058m above sea level on the highland of his farm under tree shades for aromatic and delicious coffee beans.
Mr. Doungta and his family spend a lot of time paying attention to coffee plants — handpicking fully riped red coffee cherries and fermenting them with care. The family also knows how to make a honey-processed (semi-washed) coffee.
With growing coffee and looking after his farm — Mr. Doungta loves spending time with his friends and listening to traditional music.
FAMILY KE LAY
TOTAL HECTARES: 1.7
FARM ALTITUDE: 1083m
HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 4 PEOPLE
Mr. Ke Lay and Mrs. Varn's farm rests in the lush green heights of Bolaven Plateau, producing luscious coffee beans of different varieties.
Learning from his father in youth, Mr. Ke Lay knows how to choose the finest soil and region to grow exquisite coffee beans, under the serene shade of trees. In his 6 years of coffee cultivation in Phoudamkhuan village, he has honored chemical-free sustainable farming and aims to keep doing so in the future as well.
Harvest brings the whole family together — to carefully pick coffee cherries with bright red color, and ferment them at the right temperature and for the right duration for the best possible taste
Along with growing coffee, Mr. Ke Lay plays a rattan ball and loves dancing.