Kao Jai means to understand in Thai. At least according to the website. The founders chose this as a company name because they want the coffee to help bridge the gap between people. To foster a great understanding between peoples. My phrasing. They say it much better on the website. Go check it out. http://www.kaojaicoffee.com/
I needed to fill in Tennessee on my map and I had seen posts from Kao Jai on intstagram so I checked out their website. Seeing their story and having never tried Thai coffee made them an easy choice for ordering. I love their mission and I believe in using what little money I do have to support companies who have a social consciousness. It's also important to me to shop with smaller businesses. I can't avoid the big companies in 100% of my shopping but I can when buying coffee.
The coffee itself was lightly sweet with a lower acidity and a lingering finish. The aroma was strong, especially the times I brewed it in the beehouse. I got a citrus flavor even without a citrus acid. Like an orange gummy candy with some cocoa powder sprinkled on it. Not quite that sweet, but that was the flavor I picked up. It was fine black and also with a drop of condensed milk. For that one I used the V60 and ground the beans a bit finer so they would take longer to brew. I wanted it a bit stronger. It was good. Not a calorie conscious drink, but worth the extra calories. Black I had it with breakfast a couple of times and it went well with my omelette and also with my oatmeal. I didn't like it as much with my spinach salad at lunch though. Not bad with my goat cheese/cheddar grilled cheese sandwich with onions as far as lunch pairings go. Never did try it with dinner. I liked it with the condensed milk as an afternoon pick me up. Too much sugar for early in the day.