Dao Coffee of Laos – introduced in Thailand by Sum by Dee Company, sole distributor in Thailand. In Laos the coffee is planted with organic farming techniques on coffee plants originally introduced by the French around 1915. After the trial and error of trying to harvest coffee beans in the north of Laos, the French realized that southern Laos was ideal for plantations, developing the Bolaven Plateau. Several species were planted including Arabica, Robusta, and Liberica. Laos produces two main types of coffee: Robusta and Arabica. Robusta is mainly used for regular coffee as well as a typical coffee drink in Laos where it is sweetened with condensed milk. The latter, Arabica, is of a higher quality due to its mild taste, and it is used for espresso. The Arabica beans produced in Laos are known for their medium body and a combination of mild citrus and floral tones.
At a height of 1200 meters above sea level, temperatures average 25 degrees Celsius all year round. Ancient volcanic soil there is rich in minerals ideal for coffee production. Water comes from natural sources in significant amounts throughout the year. An area of approximately 250 hectares with a co-operative arrangement with more than 3,000 growers.