Ep. 800 Thailand Khun Korn Washed

Milk chocolate, caramel, walnut, dried apple.

For the Khun Korn lot, parchment was collected from producing partners located in the Khun Korn district, Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand. It is an area known for the beautiful waterfalls at the foothill of a few surrounding coffee villages. Jane Kittiratanapaiboon, a co-founder of Beanspire Coffee, personally cupped all the coffees to select the best lots of "Khun Korn", with the aim of making the coffee perfectly express the producers who grew the coffee.

The washed process involved a 48-hour wet fermentation and ended with soaking. The coffees were dried on bamboo-raised beds for 15-20 days.

The coffee industry in Thailand started out as an opium eradication project launched by the former King of Thailand. Compared to Myanmar and Laos, Thailand is much more successful in this endeavour. Most farmers (in fact much of the whole coffee industry) we work with are young, with an average age of 25-35 years old. This young movement is a result of the fact that our country is much more developed than most coffee origins. It is very easy to get to coffee farms in Thailand: land in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai and you can get to a farm in 45 mins. Thailand has a coffee system that works. Children of farmers are coming to farms. There is also a vibrant local specialty and coffee culture that helps support the farmers at a good price. It is a good success story for using coffee as an agent of change and sustainability.

This crowd-pleasing cup is full of layers of milk chocolate and caramel. As it cools, walnut comes in alongside the chocolate and caramel, whilst a delicate dried apple note on the aftertaste draws you back in.

Farm Information

  • Country: Thailand
  • Region: Khun Korn, Chiang Rai
  • Producers: Jane Kittirattanapaiboon x Beanspire
  • Altitude: 1,250–1,450 m.a.s.l.
  • Processing method: Fully Washed
  • Drying method: Bamboo raised beds
  • Drying time: 15-20 days
  • Varietals: Catuai, Typica, Chiang Mai

Further Information

Tasting notes: Milk chocolate, caramel, walnut, dried apple.

Cup of Excellence Cupping Scores

  • Clean cup (1–8): 6
  • Sweetness (1–8): 6.5
  • Acidity (1–8): 6
  • Mouthfeel (1–8): 6.5
  • Flavour (1–8): 6
  • Aftertaste (1–8): 6
  • Balance (1–8): 6.5
  • Overall (1–8): 6
  • Correction (+36): +36
  • Total: (max. 100): 85.5

Roasting Information
Medium-dark - take this coffee all the way though the gap and just up to the edge of second crack. Beware it may take more heat than normal to get there!