Akha Ama in Citylife

Lee Ayu Chuepa is the founder of Akha Ama Coffee, a ‘fair-trade’ coffee that has warmed the hearts and palettes of many. Lee was born in Mae Chan Tai in Chiang Rai, and brought up in an Akha village. “I’d never been to the city as a kid,” says Lee, “but I told my parents I wanted to study.” And so Lee began his journey. At first at a temple in Lamphun, where he learned to speak Thai and some English, and later onto university, a feat none in his village had ever achieved.

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