Naturally grown.Ethically produced
Many years ago, the king of Thailand introduced coffee agriculture to the Akha people living in the mountainous region of northern Thailand. Unfortunately, there were not enough buyers or they were not able to get good prices. Poverty and unemployment led many Akha farmers and young adults to grow poppies and to peddle drugs for a living. Aaru saw the social malaise drugs were causing among his people. So he left his cushy job in Bangkok to return to his mountain village and became a social entrepreneur.
Upon returning home, Aaru started Abonzo Coffee with the purpose of providing jobs for the young Akha adults and to educate farmers to grow coffee instead of poppy. After 5 years of struggling to make good coffee, Aaru is now able to sell his coffee to buyers in Bangkok, America, and Japan. Abonzo Coffee farmers receive fair prices for their crops. Now, you can enjoy your morning coffee from the Akha people knowing that you are helping to push back a drug problem.
Abonzo coffee is naturally grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The farmers use organic methods of farming to cultivate their coffee plants. The beans, after light and medium roasting, are very aromatic, mildly sweet, has a pleasant body and taste that is unique to Doichang.
Who are the Akha?
The Akha people have an estimated population of 5 to 6 million people living in the mountains across China, Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. They are less educated when compared to the local Thai majority and are often marginalized. Moreover, many of them do not have local citizenship, eliminating them from many job opportunities and making them vulnerable to exploitation.