Laos Coffee Overview

We have limited experience with coffee from Laos, offering it only once in our history...

We have only offered coffee from Laos once, and it is Brazil-like in flavor characteristics in many ways. Low acidity, mild intensity, and greenish slightly vegetal notes are expected. For the lot of Laos Paksong Hills we offered, we found these notes: Flavors of raw sugars and walnut play off each other and are held together by a mild, tea-like acidity. Sweetness is bumped up a notch as the cup cools, and the coffee finishes with faint notes of cacao nib and raw tobacco off in the distance. 

The main coffee farming area for Arabica coffee in Laos is the Bolaven Plateau. It is located in the area known as Paksong. Not only does its soil serve as the reason for coffee production, but so does its higher altitude of 800 to 1350 meters and cool climate.

Coffee Farming in Laos

Laos produces two main types of coffee: Robusta and Arabica. 25% of the total crop is Arabica and the rest is Robusta coffee. Robusta is mainly used for regular coffee as well as a typical coffee drink in Laos where it is sweetened with condensed milk.  There is also Liberica coffee planted in Laos.

Laos produces Robusta coffee at high altitudes (1300 meters) unlike other countries. 95% of its coffee is harvested in the Bolaven Plateau. Coffee is Laos fifth largest export product. The Bolaven Plateau, where coffee was first planted in Laos during the French colonial times, is the primary region of production for Laos.

Introduction of coffee to Laos

The first few coffee plants were introduced to the country and soils of Laos by French colonists around 1915. After trial and error of trying to harvest coffee beans in the north, the French realized that southern Laos was ideal for plantations. Millions of years ago there was a volcanic eruption in the south, causing the southern soils to contain rich minerals ideal for coffee production. The south is also where the Bolaven Plateau is, which remains as Laos’ primary region of production.

For the past twenty years and continuing, the government of Laos has been working with coffee harvesters to plant more Arabica plants, since it yields a higher price, thus, increasing the income of farmers. There are 20,000 coffee growing communities in 250 villages in Laos and many of these families depend on coffee farming as a living.

Source: Wikipedia

Laos Coffee Map -Sweet Marias
Laos coffee farming regions, Bolaven Plateau, Salavan, Sekong, Attapeu, Champasak

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Laos Coffee Photo Gallery

We have not visited Laos to see coffee production so our images come from our supplier farm in Paksong, The CARE project and from Wikipedia!

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