Some of the best coffee I have had was brewed in a cloth bag stuff in Laos. Some vendors do a decent job of the same in Thailand. I guess it depends on where they source their beans, and the roaster. They grow arabica high in the hills of Laos and northern Thailand. In the south of Thailand they grow robusta at lower elevations, often under the shade of coconut plantations.
Arabica is generally preferred for brewed coffee. However the coffee beans that are "processed" through the digestive system of the palm civet (and maybe elephants) are the robusta variety.
Durian stinks like Hell, but tastes like Heaven. In SE Asia it is regarded as the king of fruits, and I tend to agree...... The best seem to come from the eastern coastal provinces in Thailand. Those grown here in the south seem bland by comparison.
Last edited by Michael; 11-06-2012 at 06:34 PM.