The Jhai Coffee Farmer's Cooperative (JCFC) is an organically assembled group of 298 families, in 18 different villages, from 4 different ethnic groups, (Jeru, Lao, Bo, & Khmu), working together to produce some of the finest specialty coffee in all of South East Asia and certainly the most delicious coffee of Laos.
Nestled in the backcountry of Lao’s Bolaven Plateau, few outsiders ever venture down this dusty path. The lush green mountains tower in the distance and time slows to a gentle walk. Here, the remnants of the Vietnam War have been swallowed into everyday life: missile duds act as stilts to hold homes above the incipient floods and shrapnel was melted into kitchen cutlery.
Perhaps it’s this perspective that’s given Mr. Ki, the village chief, one of those contagious smiles that puts you in a state of bliss.