Laos Bolaven Plateau RFA - Naga Typica

Heavy body, tobacco, prune
$4.35 / lb $575.40 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Nov 2021
SKU P608279-1
  • 20 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Laos Naga coffee is an Olam Specialty premium brand. Naga coffee is a grade 1 Arabica that is fully washed with 14 and up screen size. The coffee is carefully selected from farmers with which we maintain long-term relationships in the Champasak region of the Boloven Plateau. Specifically, the coffee is grown from Paksong, the coffee capital of the Boloven Plateau, to the southern edge of the Plateau where the Nonglouang River cascades down the Tad Kameud Waterfall to the lowlands. The target cup profile for this coffee is Sumatran like cup with tobacco and herbal notes and this particular lot is 100% Typica. A dragon-like mythical creature, the “Naga” is believed to be the protector of Laos.

Country of Origin Laos
Harvest Season 2020/21
Coffee Grade LAO CA WA G1
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Typica
Region Bolaven Plateau
Certifications Rainforest Alliance, UTZ

History of Coffee in Laos

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Yahern people (also: Nyaheun) came down from the Annamite mountains, which define the eastern edge of Bolaven Plateau and the border with Vietnam, to discover they were citizens of something called the Kingdom of Champasak. They were granted land by the royal family and for 120 years they farmed this land, including coffee, which was introduced to northern Laos by the French in 1915. Coffee production moved to the Plateau, where the altitude and climate are ideal, in the 1920’s. Today, villages like Nongluang, Lassasin, and Xenamnoi are part of a network of seven villages that make up the Xekatham Estate from which Olam chooses the finest coffees grown in the region. Over the last two decades, the government has promoted the transition of Laos coffee from Robusta, which was planted in the 1950’s in response to diseases like rust, to Arabica.

Growing Coffee in Laos

On the Bolaven Plateau at the southern tip of Laos, where 95% of Laotian coffee is grown, altitudes reach 1,350 masl, with significant potential for expanding specialty coffee production. The Bolaven Plateau is made of rich volcanic soils that contribute to a wealth of vegetation. Numerous rivers and creeks of every size cross the plateau heading west and eventually to the Mekong river, which marks the western edge of the plateau. The French discovered the value of the Bolaven Plateau 100 years ago when they first planted coffee, rubber, bananas, and other cash crops in the region. Agriculture, like the native vegetation, thrives on the plateau and it is classic coffee land, cool weather tropics with abundant rainfall and volcanic soil. Coffee has begun to attract new young farmers and Olam is actively engaged in educating smallholders in all aspects of quality processing. Hand cranked pulpers are becoming more common so smallholders can make more money by selling parchment rather than cherry. 

  • Status Spot
  • Region Bolaven Plateau
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Rainforest Alliance, UTZ
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Typica
  • Coffee Grade LAO CA WA G1
  • Screen Size 14 Up
  • Country of Origin Laos
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P608279-1

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