Rise and shine! The sleep was good and filled our stomach with the breakfast in the hotel. We took a morning ride for about an hour to the east and reached Paksong.
Paksong is around 1,100 to 1,300 meters above sea level. We use some running app to track our altitude. Picture this, the world tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai is only 829.8 meters high. This attitude is similar to the capital of Nepal - Kathmandu which is 1,400 meters above sea level.
This place is undeveloped and unexplored, you can hardly find any information on the internet or let alone TripAdvisor. In October, the climate is nice, cool, warm, and just blue sky all the way.
Steve Feldschneider has arranged his staff to give us a private tour to his farm. We met him outside the Agricultural Promotion Bank and in just 10 minutes, Mr Phouvon arrived.
He greeted us and led us back to his farm, just another 2-3 km from where we met. Upon arriving, there is no sight of coffee tree whatsoever, but we waited patiently.
Mr Pouvons and his wife served us some local tea, and we sat down for some stretching and chatting. We found out that Mr Phouvon is helping Steve to manage the whole 30 over heaters of coffee farm here and we are right in the season of the start of harvesting, that means we are in luck to see the ripened coffee cherry!
According to Mr Phouvon, coffee tree produces coffee bean from the age of 3 - 12 years old. Each year there are two harvest, October to December for Arabica beans and December to February for Robusta beans.
He brought us around the house to see the nursery of the baby coffee trees! They keep growing and planting new coffee tree.
They build shades to keep coffee berry before they take off the pulp by a hand machine.
Fresh Coffee Berry under the shade.
This little machine is used to separate the pulp and the coffee bean.
Then they put the coffee bean in the same shade and let it dry out to become the “Green Bean".
Then, Mr Phouvon and his 2 weeks old puppy (Super adorable). He is probably looking at the shadow and wondering who is this guy.
After seeing all these coffee thing, the curious and could-not-get-enough me was like , that’s all?? We came all the way from Singapore to Bangkok, Bangkok to Udon Thani, Udon Thani to Vientiane, Vientiane to Pakse, then finally Pakse to Paksong, distance travelled where like 5000 km and that’s all for the coffee farm?
Then I asked Mr Phouvon do we get to see the coffee tree? He said Yes! The actual coffee farm is about 2 km deep inside the forest. It doesn’t seem to be a nice easy walk so a better way to get in there is to take the truck (the one above you see the pulp separating machine).
It’s gonna be a bumpy ride!
Next: Paksong at its best!