OUR COFFEE COMES DIRECTLY FROM
FAMILY SIPHONG AND FAMILY ANG IN LAOS
Rec●Right, together with Slow, works directly with two smallholder coffee growers in Laos - Family Siphong and Family Ang - 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 Families Siphong and Ang.
BOLAVEN PLATEAU, LAOS
TOTAL HECTARES: 2.8
FARM ALTITUDE: 1100m
HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 4 PEOPLE
Mr. Siphong and his wife Mrs. Heub has a beautiful farm of over 2 hectares in the lush landscape of Bolaven Plateau.
The family moved to Pudamkhuan village of Laos in 1994 — growing organic coffee by sustainable means for 20 years. Learning from his parents — Mr. Siphong focuses on growing the more rare varieties of Arabica coffee beans. Cultivation of selected varietals combined with the nutrient-rich, volcanic soil of his farm produces coffee beans with exceptional taste and aroma.
Along with working hard on his coffee farm, Mr. Siphong loves singing folk songs of Laos and is fond of drinking white whisky with beef salad. He is also a devout person and volunteers his free time in Buddhist temple.
FAMILY SIPHONG'S FARMS
FAMILY ANG'S FARMS
NONG LUANG VILLAGE
BOLAVEN PLATEAU, LAOS
TOTAL HECTARES: 2.3
FARM ALTITUDE: 1300m
HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 6 PEOPLE
Mr. Ang and Mrs. Kaison and their 4 children live in Nong-Luang village, supported by their 2.3-hectare coffee plantation in the lush landscape of the Bolaven Plateau. They are currently the exclusive coffee farmers for Company X.
Family Ang settled down in the area of Nong Luang in 1995. They follow the coffee-growing ways of their ancestors and parents – growing coffee under the gentle shade of trees. His farm is very diverse – in one plot, he has 12 different species of trees, making it an ideal environment for birds and insects.
During picking season, Mr. Ang and Mrs. Kaisone take great care to select only the ripest coffee cherries, to ensure a sweet cup of coffee. After picking, they also clean out the defects before wet-milling the cherries.
Mr. Ang loves boat-racing and volleyball, while Mrs. Kaisone loves to cook, and enjoys fish salad, local vegetable soup. During their free time, they love to listen and sing to Lao country songs.