Thailand’s success in transforming this region’s drug trade into a booming coffee growing industry is now used as a case study for effective strategies in international development. The government didn’t just try to introduce Arabica coffee production; they supplemented their efforts with research to help farmers.

And so almost every mountain and farming region has a nearby Thai government or royal research station that works closely with producers, guiding them to use the most effective farming techniques.

With more exposure to international innovation and science in terms of processing techniques, Thailand is poised to become a highly sought-after coffee-growing origin in the specialty world.