Sirinya farms is a generational coffee farm run by the Chaosuwanvilai family in Mae Suay, Chiang Rai. This is an area formerly known for its opium farms, but with government assistance programs like the Doi Tung Development Project, the land has been converted to forests, as well as coffee and produce farms since the mid 1980s.
Goh Chaosuwanvilai is the 3rd generation of Doi Chang Farmer and passionate about both specialty coffee and improving lives in his community. Sirinya Coffee allows him to pursue both passions. As the coffee producer, Goh believes great coffee begins with the soil. He spends countless hours teaching other local producers to use organic farming methods, practices that are good for the land, the coffee, and the farmers. Goh and his wife, Kittiwa, love living in the mountains with their families and their daughter, Sirinya.
Kittiya Chaosuwanvilai is the director of Sirinya Coffee, working with her husband Goh to market and sell their farm-direct coffee to customers around the world. They live among generational coffee farmers in the hills of northern Thailand, most of whom are stateless and lack access to many opportunities. Sirinya Coffee is committed to transforming lives through sustainable work, education, and community support programs.
A honey processed coffee is where the fruit skin is removed within 24 hours of harvest; all or some of the mucilage is left to dry on the seeds. You will typically hear of white honey, yellow honey, gold honey, red honey, and black honey.
Simply put, the white and yellow honeys have less mucilage left after being mechanically washed. Gold, red, and black honey coffees, on the other hand, have much more mucilage remaining. This leads to a fuller-bodied coffee.
A red honey is processed under more shade to slow down the drying time. This will increase the amount of humidity the beans are exposed to, thereby displaying this coffee in a more refined way, without compromising body or sweetness for the sake of acidity. This method requires a lot of attention and patience from the producer.