This very special and unusual microlot comes from 50 smallholder Arabica producers living within the Central Highlands of Vietnam, working on sustainably grown and priced specialty-grade Arabica. The inhabitants of the area are K’Ho people, one of the many ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Dung K’no is a commune of about 300 people, for whom the main source of income is agriculture, with coffee farming as the sole source of cash income for most families. Farmers in this region started growing coffee up to 20 years ago, farming on very small plots.
This lot comes from a sector of quality improvement project that has been even further intensified. Rather than relying on assigned collectors, our partner has established collection points for cherry, which helps ensure a higher quality end product. Farmers in the region are accustomed to pulping and sun-drying their own parchment, but in order to preserve the improved quality resulting from careful cultivation and harvesting, this coffee is centrally processed at our partner’s wet mill, where processing is managed with a scrupulous eye to detail and quality control.
After processing, all coffee is cupped according to strict protocols, and lots are separated according to cup profiles with only the best profiles making it into the program’s speciality lots.