It starts in the nursery. We use certified Arabica Coffee seed developed in cooperation by the Royal Project and Chiangmai University. Again, credit is due to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who introduced Arabica Coffee to Thailand as a substitution crop for opium. 20,000–30,000 quality seedlings are produced each year by Asia Best Coffee and distributed to farmers in the highlands. The rich fertile soil provides the nourishment for the seedlings to develop into beautiful coffee trees. After planting the seedling, it will be three to four years before a harvest comes. Plants will fully mature in seven years. If well cared for, they will produce an abundant harvest for several decades providing income and security for the farmers and their families.
Quality Control… Asia Best Coffee works with the farmers to develop the best methods to assure good quality coffee. Coffee cherries are hand-picked on a weekly basis throughout the harvest season. Only fully ripe cherries are harvested. The cherries are processed at the wet mills the same day they are picked. This is made possible by seven wet mill operations strategically located. Each wet mill operation is conveniently accessible to a cluster of villages. Most of our coffee is processed using the Full Wash Method. We also produce some Honey Process and Natural Process coffee. The parchment coffee (coffee beans still in the husk) are dried to an ideal moisture content and stored in our warehouse facility in Doi Saket. Dry mill processing, sorting and grading are the final steps. Quality Green Arabica Coffee is then ready for export or for sale to roasters across Thailand.
From the planting of the seeds to the final processing of export quality green coffee, the Asia Best Team oversees stringent quality control measures to assure a quality product. No middle men are involved. We work directly with the farmers to produce Direct Source, Fair Trade, Shade Grown, Quality Arabica Coffee. You can enjoy quality coffee knowing world standard methods were utilized throughout the process and farmers were treated fairly.