Myanmar Shan State
What we taste: This is an easy drinking, fruity, sweet, clean cup of coffee.
REGION: Southern Shan State
PROCESSING METHOD: Dry Process
ALTITUDE: 1200-1300 meters
VARIETIES: Catuai, S795, Caturra, Catimor
We are thrilled to announce that we are one of the first roasters in the world to buy and showcase the first ever specialty coffee lots from Myanmar. We are featuring two villages from the Ywangan area in Southern Shan state: Tet Kone, and Mya Ze Di. These villages are truly amazing places with amazing people. In February, we visited each of these villages and saw an amazing will to succeed at producing world class coffee. This was the first year these two villages had collectively produced coffee and we are already seeing the ability to produce these great coffees, after one year! This is what excites us about the new coffee origin; the drive and spirit of the communities and villages is astounding.
Ywangan is home to many smallholders in the area. In 2013, there was a new emphasis brought to the area to try to increase quality and, in return, a better price for their coffee. Traditionally, much of the coffee in the area was either consumed domestically or in China, neither bringing very high prices. Coffee has been grown in this area since 1890, after it was introduced by English Missionaries. There are dozens of small villages in the area and the Myanmar Coffee Association has begun to work with about 30 of them, representing over 400 smallholder farmers. Traditionally, the coffee is washed as each village has their own pulper. Winrock and USAID have helped set up a small cupping lab in Ywangan complete with a sample roaster and dehuller, where we will cup 14 different lots from different villages. Winrock also has a full time Q grader here training locals on technical and cupping skills. The goal is build a sustainable model locally.
This year we decided to blend the two lots from these villages to produce a coffee we are calling: Myanmar Shan State Villages. These villages, located less than 10 Kilometers apart, are producing some of the best coffee in Myanmar with very similar taste profiles. Together, they produce an easy drinking, fruity, sweet, clean cup of coffee.