A hill-tribe worker in traditional dress harvesting coffee beans on a farm in northern Thailand. Photo: Alamy

The Thai coffee growers who used to farm opium, cultivating beans where poppies once bloomed

  • As demand for coffee soars in Thailand, many of the northern hill tribes that used to farm opium have switched to cultivating coffee beans
  • The crop is bringing relative prosperity to these once poor communities, some of which are now producing high-quality beans praised for their flavour
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A hill-tribe worker in traditional dress harvesting coffee beans on a farm in northern Thailand. Photo: Alamy
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