Korea to Boost Coffee Production in Cambodia

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Korea to Boost Coffee Production in Cambodia

The Korean International Cooperation Agency (Koica) is going to support coffee production in the northeastern parts of Cambodia, mostly in Mondulkiri province. The respective project was unveiled last week. 

Koica is going to reach an agreement with local farmers and start investing into the project phase by phase. The aim of the company is to boost coffee production in the region and start promoting Cambodian coffee to buyers from the countries where coffee culture is florishing.

Koica is planning to organize training and financial support to the province’s ethnic minorities who are engaged in coffee farming. The possibility of building a coffee processing plant in Mondulkiri province is also muled. 

Almost 200 hectares of land in Mondulkiri province is currently occupied by coffee plantations. Both robusta and arabica coffee varieties are grown. The medium price for coffee beans in Cambodia is about USD2.5 per kilo. 

Besides Mondulkiri province, coffee is also grown in Ratanakiri province.

The most unusual thing about Cambodian coffee is the way the beans are roasted. Roasters can add butter or sugar or even other ingredients like rum or pork fat. This roasting method adds density to the beverage and gives it a very peculiar aroma. In certain cases, it feels like chocolate and it is this unusual aroma the Cambodian coffee is much sought after for by the conoisseurs. 

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