Any coffee lovers here?

Ian Forbes

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There is currently an international coffee convention going on in Chiang Mai right now. It runs from Feb 14 to 17 at the convention hall on Canal road, just a bit north of the city.



I learned more about coffee during the 4 hours I spent there today than I've learned about coffee over my entire adult life.

My good friend, Naret Woei runs a coffee plantation up in Chiang Rai and is currently trying to market his specialty beans world wide. Coffee growing in northern Thailand is a rapidly expanding business, but it still takes marketing.

Naret and I first met about 8 or 9 years ago when we joined an acquaintance on a fly fishing trip to a mountain river in north west Thailand. Naret and I hit it off right away and have been on several trips together since that time. But, Naret move out of Chiang Mai and located in Chiang Rai where he took up coffee planting and farming. We hadn't seen each other for a couple of years when we met up at the Maddog cafe for a beer and pizza.



Today I visited Naret and his pretty girl friend at his booth at the convention hall



While his girl friend and her brother were minding the booth, Naret and I toured around the convention, and "sampled' dozens of different coffees brewed or dripped in many different ways. All I can say is WOW! I din't realize it was such an art form.













There was even a contest on the art form of "painting" a picture with foam on top of a cup of coffee.



There were about 10 big billboards describing the development of the coffee industry in northern Thailand. I just took photos and video, and will read it all at my leisure later
 

sidvicious

Well-known member
Would have loved to try different Thai coffees in one place.
Btw I'm still to find a GOOD coffee over there.555
 

Ian Forbes

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Quarky;397371 said:
I prefer Yorkshire tea... 55
I'm more of a tea drinker, and always have been. At home in Canada I pretty much only drink tea... with sugar and lemon. But, I always have some top quality coffee beans for when I have guests, and grind up enough for a pot full. When I go out to a fast food joint with friends (McD, Burger King, etc) I will have a coffee that I always take black.

However, at the show we went around tasting all the different varieties, and I was pretty amazed at the differences. I've got pretty sensitive taste buds, and a good "nose" for smell. By the end of 3 or 4 hours I had drunk more coffee than I would normally have in about 2 months. I didn't get to sleep until about 1:30 last night and I didn't have my usual afternoon nap. 5555
 

justcruzing1

Active member
I hate Coffee, can't even stand the smell of it.

Been like that all my life.

It seriously makes me close to throwing up. If the guys at work come to a meeting they bring 1 or 2 coffees with them and I am.....right you sit that end of the board table, I'm down here, or over in the corner with a window open.
 

Ian Forbes

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justcruzing1;397393 said:
I hate Coffee, can't even stand the smell of it.

Been like that all my life.

It seriously makes me close to throwing up. If the guys at work come to a meeting they bring 1 or 2 coffees with them and I am.....right you sit that end of the board table, I'm down here, or over in the corner with a window open.
Yah mean sort of like bringing a sliced durian into the lunch room. 555
 

slampay

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justcruzing1;397393 said:
I hate Coffee, can't even stand the smell of it.

Been like that all my life.

It seriously makes me close to throwing up. If the guys at work come to a meeting they bring 1 or 2 coffees with them and I am.....right you sit that end of the board table, I'm down here, or over in the corner with a window open.
Strongest anti-coffee post ever! 555
 

justcruzing1

Active member
I'm glad I don't like coffee..these guys spend a fortune every week on their specialist brews.
If they are coming to see me in the display they have to detour to a certain coffee shop or cart on the way.

It's almost as expensive as smoking.

I have to say it is a real growth industry, coffee shops with very special brews popping up all over the place.
 

Tingtong

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A mate of mine has only to have a sip of a coffee or sometimes even a wiff of it it, and has to head to the Dunny for a Crap .
 

Quarky

Administrator
Tingtong;397419 said:
A mate of mine has only to have a sip of a coffee or sometimes even a wiff of it it, and has to head to the Dunny for a Crap .
Same with me... if I ever feel constipated... coffee does the trick.. 55
 

do ron

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Would have loved to try different Thai coffees in one place.
Btw I'm still to find a GOOD coffee over there.555
Where does Thailand get their Coffee from as a matter of in interest ?

I've generally found Coffee in Thailand ok - but usually only have it in expat bars for breakfast .
 

sidvicious

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Where does Thailand get their Coffee from as a matter of in interest ?

I've generally found Coffee in Thailand ok - but usually only have it in expat bars for breakfast .
Arabica in the North and robusta in the south of the country.
 

sidvicious

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Not a massive fan of Arabica , though Coffee is so convoluted these days not sure what I'm drinking half the time .
You sure? Robusta is bitter. Arabica is a better quality than robusta. Robusta is mainly used for instant coffee but also in some blends.
 

do ron

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You sure? Robusta is bitter. Arabica is a better quality than robusta. Robusta is mainly used for instant coffee but also in some blends.
I think it was a Columbian Arabica that but me off it once , its very dark and intense .

I don't mind instant its either that or percolated at home .
 

PeteGill

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There are a number of good coffee places up in Chiang Mai, or there were before Covid. Doi Chaang seems to be the most popular producer, but I do understand that there are quite a few good growers in the mountains to the north of CM.
The lady who owned and ran the shop that I liked to visit got at least some of hers via CM University who have a program going to develop local coffee.
 
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