Gulf Islands Roasting Co. is a family of growers, roasters and coffee lovers from around the world who have partnered together to bring you the best high altitude grown Arabica beans from some of the world’s most beautiful places.
As farm owners, we know how important it is to work in partnership with our growers, offering the education and tools needed to support the most sustainable methods of growing, harvesting and roasting. We are committed to providing the highest quality, awareness and ethical standards with every bag of our delicious coffee.
All of our beans are shade grown at altitude, sport many certifications, and we are proud to be certified bird friendly/ bee friendly. As well, all five of our delicious roasts are harvested and roasted using 100%, organic beans.
Our certified organic roasting facility located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, uses small batch traditional drum roasters and the high elevation method of roasting to ensure a coffee with consistency, freshness, and flavour. Cheers!
Our Farm is a single estate, organic, wild crafted, bird/bee friendly property that has incredible karma and produces excellent coffee. The farm is located north of Chiang Mai, Thailand at approximately 3700ft above sea level. We focus on the preservation of the natural topography by utilizing the highest level of organic cultivation and wild crafting to create the highest quality, single estate plantation.
The GIRC team works in cooperation with the PMOC project, which is all about giving back. It is a legacy project to aid in the prosperity for the surrounding Hill Tribe Villages that were overtaken by the Thai drug trade. All steer and chicken manure is purchased from the families of the Villages. The PMOC project directly employs 18 full time workers and up to 100 part-time workers at harvest, with above fair trade wages paid to all! The PMOC Project is actively involved in community programs that provide sports equipment, school and medical supplies, as well as a new roof and upkeep for the Village school. We work closely with the elders in the community to not disturb the natural order.
On a journey to pay it forward, the GIRC/PMOC team met Mr. Muang Keaw while traveling through the Chiang Mai area. Mr. Keaw talked about his lifelong involvement with the Thai Department of Agriculture. One by one, 86 Villages signed on and Mr. Keaw was one of the technicians responsible for teaching the villagers how to grow coffee. After a life of devoted service to this noble cause, Mr. Keaw retired and became a partner in the development of this amazing project.
Careful attention was given to create a win for the Hill Tribe communities nearby, thus helping to put a wedge between the age-old cycle of poverty and the people who live in the Mountain Village. Ethically and environmentally, every step has been taken to ensure the quality at each and every turn. We built this farm from scratch, and we are celebrating the 14th year of this project which has only just begun!
Every achievement has been a large undertaking worthy of celebration. From building the main road to the farm, housing construction, twelve power poles and electricity. The water system, the nursery and all the care to grow our own coffee plants. Producing our own seeds, planting, watering, and finally harvesting. Then drying and sacking the beans and sending them to be roasted at altitude in a certified Organic roasting facility by Master Roaster, Mr. Shawn McDonald.
We hope you enjoy the taste of Thailand in each one of our delicious roasts, and join us along the road to a sustainable way of doing business.