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Akha Ama Coffee

Posted date:  September 14, 2010
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Acting on a tip from another friend of Andy’s, we hit Akha Ama Coffee. The tiny outfit has its office in Chiang Mai, but the beans — as is the case with most domestic Thai coffees — come from rural Chiang Rai province. The company uses 100% Arabica beans, claims to promote sustainability and fair trade among the Akha people who maintain the crops, and Lee, the young man we spoke with at the office/cafe, really seemed to know his stuff.

Having consumed their ‘Strong Roast’ at breakfast this morning, I quite liked it, finding it a good balance of bitter and sour, with a decent body. It’s also very inexpensive, at only about 100B (about US$3) for a 250g bag. If it was available in Bangkok I’d probably consider it as an alternative to the more expensive Doi Kham or Doi Tung beans.

Akha Ama Coffee
Mata Apartment, 9/1 Soi 3, Th Hussadhisewee, Chiang Mai
086 915 8600
www.akhaama.com


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5 Comments for Akha Ama Coffee


My husband and I were in Bangkok few months ago and I had the opportunity to taste Akha Ama Coffee, I must say that it is really outstanding. I can still remember the aroma. If you wont mind I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it’s all set, Thanks!

I found myself by chance renting in Chiang Mai 2 minutes from Akha Ama. So now I’m there every morning. Lee and Jenny are very welcoming — and their espresso is delicious.

I recently started going to Akha Ama regularly – Lee is an impressive guy, starting this coffee company to support his villagers. He took us on a trip this past weekend to stay with his family and learn about the coffee process, and you’re exactly right – he knows his stuff.

Incidentally 2-3 people on the trip learned about their coffee from reading your blog. Great that you’re helping get the word out their delicious, community-changing coffee.

Not just on behalf of Lee and his company, but myself I just would like to say thank you so much in help promoting his coffee. Thanks to Andy for squeezing the visit in his tight schedule as well.

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