PR Story: The Lanna Coffee Co Story

Mission Statement:
To improve the quality of life for our farming communities in Northern Thailand.
Lanna exists to import, roast, and distribute specialty coffee directly from Thailand to those who want
to be a part of transforming communities. Our coffee is direct trade, pesticide free (no use of
chemicals, fertilizers or growth hormones) and shade grown (our coffee trees are grown under the
canopy of the Thailand Forest aiding in a completely natural process from seed to your morning cup).
We have a subscription coffee service to deliver coffee directly to homes and businesses who want
excellent coffee that creates positive change in the world.
We do this through our nonprofit partner in Thailand,
Integrated Tribal Development Program
(ITDP),
a Thailand-based nonprofit that has helped over 25 hill tribe villages to begin operating coffee farms
owned entirely by the villagers. These farms produce about 250 million tons annually, from which we
get first pick at sampling, cupping and selecting the best coffee for purchase at generous prices,
usually higher than the Fair Trade base and therefore contributing directly to lifting the Hill Tribe
farmers out of poverty.
Each bag of coffee purchased contributes to these projects:
Clean water and sanitation
Providing clean water has been found to improve the general health of hill tribes by
assisting in the prevention of water- and soil-borne diseases.
Education, social development and health care
Ongoing work is taking place to construct schools, hire teachers, and purchase
equipment and supplies. Education gives children an opportunity to gain citizenship so
they can further their education and be better accepted into Thai society.
Agriculture programs and micro-enterprising
Villages are provided funds and taught practical skills, enabling them to be
self-sufficient. Projects include the areas of livestock, fisheries, cash crops, handicrafts
and village store co-ops.

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