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: 2
FARM ALTITUDE: 1084m
HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 5 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 DUANGTA'S FARMS
FAMILY KHAMLARN'S FARMS
HOUAY WAY VILLAGE
TOTAL HECTARES: 2.57
FARM ALTITUDE: 1152m
HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 4 PEOPLE
Mr. Khamlarn and his wife, Mrs. Latsamy along with their children, are living in Houay Wai Village in the Bolaven Plateau of Laos. His family settled down in the small village in the year 2000 and started growing coffee as their primary source of income.
The family cultivated a small part of the land which is a volcanic soil with plenty of nutrients that are good for coffee. The area is covered with towering trees just enough to provide the right shade for his farm. The way they take good care of their coffee and the environment is very evident every harvest season. Mr. Khamlarn’s natural way of farming is one of the skills he learned from his parents and friends.
Mr. Khamlarn, being the head of the family, shows great passion and commitment to their farm. His family helped him in any way they can. Every harvest season, the family gently handpicked all the good, ripe cherries. The family’s skill has been beneficial because of their bountiful harvest every season.
Aside from farming, Mr. Khamlarn loves playing volleyball and football. Or if he's not on the farm, during some time off, he spends time singing beautiful songs to his wife. They both love to eat Lao traditional food like kengnormai (bamboo soup), pingkai (grilled chicken), larpngau (beef salad). And during special events in the family, they celebrate it by eating and drinking the best whiskey in Laos.