We're looking forward to going to Laos this summer and one of the "little" pleasures for Peter is the chance to drink café Lao every morning. In fact, when we travel to more remote villages where we'll stay the night Peter always brings his bag coffee filter, metal canister, condensed milk and authentic Lao coffee and he'll make his own if there isn't any available!
The video below was taken in Luang Prabang of our favorite Café Lao "barista." Unfortunately he died about five years ago, but the memories and taste of his coffee live on. Just think what it's like to be sipping this strong, flavorful coffee in this shop on the banks of the Mekong River in the early morning with the mist gradually lifting unveiling families bustling about on their wooden boats bobbing in the muddy brown water. It can't get much better than this!
This is a robusta coffee, not like the Arabica coffee we sometimes sell from Lao Mountain. My friend Steve, who owns Lao Mountain can't understand why I love this "mud," but it's something I'm addicted to, and to me seems more authentic to drink when I'm in Laos and when I come back, then it's back to drinking fine Arabica's, like Steve's fabulous Lao Mountain Coffee blends. He tells me he has a new blend, Mekong Rising, I'm looking forward to tasting, but sorry Steve, while I'm in Laos, my main love will always remain Café Lao... But we're always trying to figure out ways of how we can best sell Lao Mountain Coffee through our Yahoo Store!