[Homeroast] Thailand green coffee
fparth at mac.com
Tue Nov 23 01:24:24 CST 2010
Following up on Phil's great tour, I'm at the airport in Bangkok now, waiting for my flight back to Los Angeles
My better half and I have spent the last 10 days in Vietnam. Once a year I do some pro bono teaching at a college in
Saigon. This year I was asked to appear on Vietnamese television on a business-related show.
When flying from Saigon to Hanoi for the taping, there was an article in the Vietnamese Airline magazine on "Weasel
Coffee", the Vietnamese version of Kopi Luwak. I thought it was being written up because it's so "exotic". But I was
In walking to dinner in the old district of Hanoi one night we came across a coffee shop. Shur' nuff, they had Weasel
Coffee prominently displayed out front. I took a snapshot and posted it to my personal web site here:
Thanks, but I think I'll just roast another pound of Harar when I get home tomorrow.
> I just came back from an eco-tour of Thailand, which was a lot of fun. In a
> remote village, among other things they grow their own organic coffee (I saw
> both Arabica and Robusta). One hut has a hand-turned 5 lb. drum roaster,
> roasting over a wood/charcoal fire. They spoke no English and I spoke no
> Thai, but we were still able to "talk" about roasting. She roasts too dark
> for my taste, and they don't seem to rest more than a day or so, but it was
> I brought back a kilo of the local green coffee -- there is a large
> variation of bean size, and I can tell there are some stones as well.
> It should be fun to try roasting in my Gene Café as an experiment.
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