Thai Goes...To the Americano

Thai Goes...To the Americano

Doi Chaang Coffee goes Beyond Fair Trade.

Thai Goes is an ongoing journal from my two-week Doctor of Ministry residency in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in January. The focus of the learning cohort was to experience and study the intersections of faith and global development.


Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.
— Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord

One version of the syllabus for this residency simply said: Americano. It did not. But surely espresso is essential knowledge and understanding. Not to mention a personal lifetime research project.

Happily, I seized the opportunity to play the American by ordering up an Americano in the proverbial coffee shop. In Chiang Mai, for comprehensive aesthetics and a very good Americano, it's generally hard to beat Wawee Coffee. Especially if you're sipping on espresso while the fabled Mae Ping River rolls by.

However, in between visits to two faith-based NGOs focused on special-needs children and HIV-positive orphans, we stopped at Doi Chaang Coffee. The espresso was unbelievably tasty, and the richly nuanced crema glistened like heaven's shores. I suppose that's slightly overdone. But their story is not; in fact, it's a kind of redemption song.


Thai Goes...To the Manchester United Scooter

Thai Goes...To the Manchester United Scooter

Thai Goes...To the Wonders of Business Class

Thai Goes...To the Wonders of Business Class