A friend of mine recently spent a week in Thailand with his family. He
wanted to get a little experience of village life, but the "village life"
bus tours are obviously artificial tourist events, so he hired a private
guide, who took them to his own village. Tourists are almost never seen
there. He likes coffee, and his wife is very interested in specialty coffee
(I've roasted a number of things for them). So when they were offered a
chance to experience coffee as the locals drink it, they naturally accepted.
They then bought some of the beans (from the village itself -- they also
showed him the coffee plants), and he was kind enough to give me a bit.
This village is about an hour north of Chiang Hai, if anyone is familiar
with Thailand. I've made one cup in an Aeropress. I'm far from an expert,
and I'm interested in understanding what I'm tasting before I use it all up
(I have about enough for 4 cups, so it will be a short research project).
The ground coffee smells grassy to me, which I believe is not necessarily
bad, but it's outside the range of my experience. There's a very distinct
scent to the brewed coffee, and a rather distinct taste characteristic, but
I can't really put my finger on it. Can anyone point me to any information
about the characteristics of coffee from this area? I don't see anything
about Thai coffee on the Sweet Maria's site, and really don't know where to
look for further information.
My assumption is that this coffee was roasted a couple weeks ago, so it's
also not too fresh, but I have no reason to think that that's the source of
the unusual taste.