At Lanna Cafe, coffee has an additional purpose.
We work hand in hand with local NGO, Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP). ITDP has been around since 1990 and has a deep rooted history in the beginnings of Thai Arabica coffee.
Our story can be traced back over 55 years to Richard and Marlene Mann who are considered Thailand’s coffee pioneers.
Richard and Marlene came to Thailand in 1959 with the goal of seeing Thai highland villages become self-sustainable and free from the oppression of the drug cartels and human traffickers that inhabited the area.
The solution came in the form of a coffee plant.
In 1990, following in his father’s footsteps, Mike and his wife, Becky Mann, started an organization called the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP), which slowly began working one village at a time, with the hope of eventually freeing all of northern Thailand of poverty.
Today, over 40 villages are growing coffee, and all crops are owned 100% by the villagers.
Lanna Cafe works alongside ITDP and the villagers to purchase that coffee, often paying beyond the fair trade value. This allows villagers to be self-sustainable. Lanna Cafe continues to further support the cause by offering this specialty coffee to Thailand, especially the Chiang Mai community, and to their U.S. market, Lanna Coffee Co.
We directly support the local hill tribe groups of Thailand, including Akha, Lahu, Karen and Hmong.