OUR COFFEE COMES DIRECTLY FROM
FAMILY KHAMSAI IN LAOS
Value Balancing Alliance, together with Slow, works directly with one smallholder coffee grower in Laos - Family Khamsai - 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!
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HOUAY WAY VILLAGE
BOLAVEN PLATEAU, LAOS
TOTAL HECTARES: 3.6 ha
FARM ALTITUDE: 1136 m
HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 9 PEOPLE
The family of Mr. Khamsai, with his wife Mrs. Vieng, four children, and several of the family’s relatives are living in a small village of Huaiywai in Bolaven Plateau.
Mr. Khamsai settled in Huaiywai Village in 1978 with his parents. Coffee growing is their number one source of income. His family has grown coffee for 17 years in their three-hectare farm located in a forested area. Mrs. Vieng, his wife, is known to be an expert in pruning the coffee branches.
His family spends a lot of time managing their farm – and the kids are very enthusiastic about learning the natural ways of growing coffee. During harvest season, Mrs. Vieng leads the picking of the ripe cherries, with the children helping after school. They are all very skilled in collecting the best, ripest cherries gently by hand.
If Mr. Khamsai is not on his farm, he is usually spending time in their house while eating his favorite chicken soup and beef salad, and drinking coffee. During festival days, their family likes to eat pie or cow’s meat and they all love traditional Lao dancing.