Hello Zan, hes been fortunate enough to visit the growing areas in Thailand on a number of occasions. Quite difficult to compare the Thai Arabicas with those I am used to in Indonesia. I found a lot of the growers I visited in Thailand were constricted by a number of limitations in their attempts to process the cherries into green beans. Overall the Thai Arabicas I tried were pleasant, but for me not really outstanding coffees. I think the Thai gvt is currently looking at help educate the growers on processing systems and are even looking at helping encourage small hold initiatives through soft-loans. That is good, especially as like in Indonesia, most growers are village based or at the most multi-village coops.
BTW one of your Thai coffee franchise systems- Black Canyon Coffee- is doing pretty well here. They have opened 3 stores in Bali and looking at an aggressive expansion plan here. :grin: