Seated with a green tea latte on the left and my phone charging on the right (guess where am I?), I’m taking advantage of my layover in Bangkok to do some reflections on how Foreword has become over the past year. We’ve ended our 11-day coffee origins trip which brought us to far-flung places in Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. This trip has been absolutely amazing and I’m grateful for crossing paths with the people we met during this journey — more to be shared in upcoming posts!
One year ago during this period, I made my first coffee origin trip to Yunnan, in the county of Menglian, as an eager student volunteer (I was still an undergraduate then) to learn everything I could about processing coffee from cherry to cup. Tim Heinze, owner of Hani Coffee Co., was generous with his sharing on coffee knowledge and the way he runs his company. Being an urban-dweller, every experience in the farm was a new experience to me and I diligently soaked up everything which formed the foundation of my knowledge in coffee growing and processing.
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