Caffe Boran


Training Day with a boost of Thai ancient coffee and Doughnuts.

Time to get some long kilometres done today but first I took the opportunity to ride through the local markets in the centre of Dan Chang to catch up on what’s being sold and have a quick coffee and doughnuts before hitting the tarmac for the journey.

Dan Chang has a local produce markets with fresh local vegetables, herbs, slices, fresh cut meat and local fish on display. I eat well when riding up here and certainly below half price of what I would pay down in the bigger cities where I normally stay.

As everywhere in the world for some reason the country folks are much friendlier than the big city and that was no different here. I’m guessing it’s because I’m off the beaten tourism track and the old saying is; away from where it’s dog eating dog.

Tourism is the backbone of Thailand but it has pushed the prices up in major tourist towns like Hua Hin. Tourism does boost the town’s economy but it can be counter productive. The locals, to compete, push the prices up and in the end when the tourist season is over they suffer because there’s no one to sell to but the local Thais who cannot afford the high prices. Commonly known as shooting yourself in the foot.

I’ve noticed a lot more Bangkok folks buying land and building up country since I first started riding in the area 5 years ago. But like everywhere in the world the bigger cities are expanding and the poorer folks are getting pushed further out.

I can only ponder on those thoughts as I have a Caffe Boran - an ancient coffee which is rich and sweet as it is synonymous with Thailand. That’s no different here in Dan Chang where I get to enjoy one in the early mornings when watching the locals go about their business or a quick charge of the magnificent magical elixir along the roadside as I’m out pedalling throughout the villages of Thailand.

Drinking Caffe Boran has been a local tradition. Developed during WWII, it was the answer to scarce and expensive coffee. In order to reduce consumption, grains were added during the roasting process. The coffee typically contains dark roasted robusta with brown sugar, corn, brown rice, sesame, soy beans, salt, butter, or even tamarind seeds. Similar to the Vietnamese coffee. But the brewing method is what differentiates it. Ground coffee is put in a cotton bag filter or a ‘sock filter’ and steeped in boiling water. Sweetened, condensed, or evaporated milk is then added. Sounds yuk for those city dwellers and trendies who may go to the brand name coffee shops, but for me, I’m enjoying it whilst I can, deep in the countryside of Thailand.

Truck Sams on The Long Ride Home in Dan Chang Thailand