The richness of Doi Chaang coffee starts from a small village that is set in the mountainous region of the Chang Rai province of Northern Thailand. Doi Chaang is home to a hill tribe born of Akha heritage and it was after 1983 when their king mandated the eradication of opium crops in favour of viable alternative agriculture practices. The farmers were given the highest quality Arabica coffee plants as they fostered an expertise with the new produce. The climate, soil composition and geographical position were in the best combination conditions to produce world class coffee. Cultivating coffee under a canopy of various shade trees enhances the micro-climate of the area, creating a balanced ecosystem that mirrors that of a natural forest setting. The base and roots of the trees prevent the soil from eroding which aids in moisture retention, while the fallen leaves provide nutrients to replenish the soil. A natural habitat is created for numerous plants and animals. Through hard work, sheer determination and dedication, the Akha people have cultivated an outstanding quality of coffee that is already well established in Thailand.