Laos, with the whole of Southeast Asia, is mistakenly with the production of tea rather than coffee… nothing could be more wrong. Laotian coffee is a symbol of national pride like LaoBier. As Italians, having a coffee outside national borders which does not taste as dishwasher rinse will finally be a very happy surprise!
The first plants were brought by the colonists at the beginning of the 1900s, but various errors of evaluation led to the cultivation of the plant in the northern regions that were not suitable. Production actually took off when the plantations were moved from the north to the south of the country. After another abrupt interruption caused by the Second World War, which led to the abandonment of the region by the French, the entrepreneurs slowly resumed the development of the industry in the area of the Boulevan Plateau or plateau of Boulevan. This geographical area near Pakse, in the far south of the country, has been millions of years ago, place of continuous volcanic eruptions, which have made the soil rich in minerals, extremely suitable for the growth of coffee plants.
Here 90% of the companies that work above all the Arabica variety, destined for export, are concentrated, while robust and Iberian are used locally. In this context, both large and small companies that collaborate with the various ethnic groups were born, trying to favor the cultivation of coffee at the expense of opium. Laotian coffee, unlike the one we are used to drinking, has an almost chocolate scent and is usually served filtered with a bottom of condensed milk that is addictive at the first sip.