Improving the livelihoods of the hill tribe people in northern Thailand
We work hand in hand with local NGO, Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP). ITDP has been around since 1990 and has a deep routed history in the beginnings of Thai Arabica coffee.
Our story can be traced back over 55 years to Richard and Marlene Mann who are considered Thailand’s coffee pioneers.
Richard and Marlene came to Thailand in 1959 with the goal of seeing Thai highland villages become self-sustainable and free from the oppression of the drug cartels and human traffickers that inhabited the area. The solution came in the form of a coffee plant.
In 1990, following in his father’s footsteps, Mike and his wife, Becky Mann, started an organization called the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP), which slowly began working one village at a time, with the hope of eventually freeing all of northern Thailand of poverty.
Today, over 40 villages are growing coffee, and all crops are owned 100% by the villagers.
Lanna Cafe works alongside ITDP and the villagers to purchase that coffee, often paying beyond the fair trade value. This allows villagers to be self-sustainable. Lanna Cafe continues to further support the cause by offering this specialty coffee to the Chiang Mai community and to their U.S. market, Lanna Coffee Co.
Specialty Thai Arabica coffee with a positive impact!
Lanna Coffee is passionate about two things; helping the local hill tribes achieve a better life, and offering our customers a specialty product that will never disappoint.
Our coffee’s low acidity level provides a gentle flavor without the burnt bitter aftertaste, no matter what roast profile you prefer.
Since 1997, we have been roasting and delivering high quality roasted coffee across Thailand and the USA. By taking our time and supplying a high quality product, as well as being focused on a holistic approach to delivering a coffee from source to cup, we provide an unmatched coffee drinking experience for our customers that we hope you enjoy.
We have a personal relationship with all of our coffee farmers. Working directly with the producers ensures quality beans. By working closely with the farmers, we have the opportunity of experimenting with different coffee techniques that cater to our customer’s interests, as well as keeping up with trends in the industry.
Lanna Coffee currently purchases coffee beans from four provinces in northern Thailand: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, and Mae Hong Son.