It’s hard, some mornings, to be a decent, understanding person before you’ve had your first cup of coffee. In fact, scratch that. Some mornings, it’s like I’ve forgotten how to person, at least until I have had some sweet, sweet nectar of the coffee bean.
And that, friends, is why you’ll love Kao Jai coffee. It’s delicious coffee that makes you a better person every time you buy some. Not only are you getting your caffeine fix, you’re making the world a better place! One dollar from every bag of Kao Jai (which is Thai for “to understand”) goes to the Kao Jai fund. Say founders Kyle Ducharme and Megan Armstrong: “As part of our commitment to help people better understand one another, we created The Kao Jai Fund. We believe that helping someone financially can give them an experience and a new perspective that money can’t buy. For every bag of coffee sold, $1 will be used to help people better understand others by funding service trips and projects that directly impact communities across the United States.”
So, how about that? All you’ve done is wake up and have a cup of joe, and you’re already a force for good. Ah, but is the coffee any good? I’m so glad you asked.
The answer is decidedly yes. It’s a medium roast with a smooth chocolate-caramel aftertaste and slight tones of citrus. If you drink your coffee black, you won’t be disappointed with the flavor. I ground the roasted beans and then brewed it with my single serving coffee maker (I like expediency). I like my coffee like I like my men – sweet and strong, and the Kao Jai was delicious that way. I also had it the way it is often served in Southeast Asia – iced, with a healthy dollop of condensed milk. Also: delicious. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it, folks.
As tasty as this coffee is, I think my favorite part about it is Kao Jai’s origin story. From their website: “Kao Jai Coffee (pronounced cow j+eye) is a specialty, single-origin coffee harvested on a single farm in the mountains of northern Thailand. Our unique, specialty coffee beans have been carefully grown, harvested, and processed in the Chiang Rai province near the Myanmar/Laos border. Our story began in late 2013 when two co-founders were teaching at a boarding school in the city of Chiang Rai and were given the opportunity to harvest coffee alongside farmers in a nearby village. Being able to see the community, work with the farmers, and understand the process inspired the founders to find a way to better connect coffee farmers in Thailand with coffee lovers like you.”
There’s something especially wonderful about finding a product that makes you feel good, inside and out, and this coffee does exactly that.
You can buy Kao Jai coffee here. Go get some!