Snake Bomb® Coffee
“WHAT DO SNAKES AND BOMBS HAVE TO DO WITH OUR COFFEE?”
In 2005 the 20-year trade restrictions placed against Laos, Vietnam’s neighbor, was lifted due to changing political systems. It is here in Laos that farmers produce a distinctive Canephora coffee. These beans were exported exclusively to Europe which consider this species among the finest coffees in the region. This is due in part to the French who cultivated the first coffee crops in Laos during their occupation (1700-1950s).
“BOMBS DID WHAT?”
Intense bombing spanning a decade forced the migration of farmers high up the mountains to distance themselves from the dangers below. The coffee adapted unexpectedly well to the high altitude, rich volcanic soil and ample rainfall. This created a rare & distinctive flavor found only in this particular region, being the only Canephora in the world grown from 1300 meters (4,265 feet) to 1920.24 meters (6,300 feet). The Southeast Asian conflicts played a devastating role in this forced migration by dropping 266 million sub-munitions (Equivalent to a planeload of bombs every eight minutes, around the clock for nine years).
Currently, there are nearly 70 million unexploded bombs that are still killing and maiming innocent Lao people, including children, and we felt compelled to take action and do our small part to help heal this region. Today, our Snake Bomb® coffee blend has developed a devoted following that has allowed us to make a small but significant difference and made us the longest consistent importer of high grade Lao Canephora in the United States.
Since, 2007 a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every box of Snake Bomb® coffee goes towards the removal of UXOs (unexploded ordnance – bombs), UXO victim assistance programs, snake bite antivenom programs and venomous snake protection programs. This year’s donations will go to COPE (Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise). Learn more about their mission at http://copelaos.org
Two-box set (10 oz per box, 1.25 lbs per order) Complimentary shipping.