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Date Published:  December 3 2013

Cameras: Duane Lee Wo

Editor: Duane Lee Wo

Producer: Duane Lee Wo

Location: Chiang Saen, Thailand

Summary

A DELICACY CREATED THROUGH RELENTLESS PASSION

Ten years in the making, BLACK IVORY COFFEE is created through a process whereby coffee beans are naturally refined by Thai elephants at the Golden Elephant Triangle Foundation (helpingelephants.org) in Chiang Saen, northern Thailand.

It begins with selecting the best Thai Arabica beans that have been picked from an altitude as high as 1500 meters. Once deposited by the elephants, the individual beans are hand-picked by the Mahouts and their wives and then sun-dried and roasted. Approximately 10,000 beans are picked for each kilogram of roasted coffee; thus, 33 kilograms of coffee cherries are required to produce just one kilogram of BLACK IVORY COFFEE.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT

As a result of our commitment to elephant conservation and welfare, 8% of our sales will help fund a specialist elephant veterinarian to provide free care to all the elephants of Thailand through the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. Additional funds will also be used to purchase medicine as well as to build a new laboratory.

Production of BLACK IVORY COFFEE also provides valuable income generation for the wives of the mahouts to help cover health expenses, school fees, food, and clothing.

Equipment

Canon 60D,

70D, XF100,

50mm F2.8,

18-50 F3.5-5.5,

Sekonic Light Meter,

Sennheiser Wireless

Edited on FCP 7

and Apple Motion

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