Thai Natural Pulped Arabica, CoffeeWORKS has joined hands with the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) of Chiang Mai to roast a truly unique coffee that gives you the chance to experience a coffee lineage dating back to 1954! In the mid-1950s the Thai Department of Agriculture began introducing varietal lines of coffee from Brazil when field trials were conducted at a number of crop research and development stations in northern Thailand’s Doi (Mt.) Muser. In the early years the extension of Arabica coffee cultivation was carried out on a very small scale by several missionaries on a village-by-village basis. Beginning in the 1960s and 70s through the cooperative efforts of His Majesty the King’s Royal Highland Development Project, the Thai-UN Crop Replacement and Community Development Project, and an early incarnation of ITDP, Arabica coffee cultivation was expanded as a way to displace opium production throughout the northern Thai provinces. By the early 1980s the Thai-UN Project was able to turn over the high mountain agricultural research, development, and training stations to Chiang Mai University that continue those same efforts to the present day. Chiang Rai Arabica coffee development has also grown extensively through the Princess Mother’s Doi Tung Royal Development Foundation. CoffeeWORKS has made numerous trips to coffee research stations as well as Karen, Lahu, Ahka, Hmong, Lisu, H’tin, and other hill tribe villages throughout the northern provinces since 1995 and has in recent years funded coffee harvest processing experiments with ITDP to create a ‘natural pulped Arabica’. The ITDP carries out practical training programs in cooperation with the Royal sponsored foundations, higher educational institutions, and Thai government agencies in propagating, cultivating, and producing high quality Arabica coffee. Throughout, ITDP has helped poor farmers of the northern hill tribe villages come together so they have one voice on coffee prices, which helps these often remote villages in gaining fair and sustainable prices that have lead to measurably improved livelihoods. In all of ITDP’s coffee support activities, sustainability through soil and water conservation practices, shade and organic based growing methods, as well as meeting international standards on grading etc., is the main focus.