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Dispatches from Myanmar - Day 3

Below are dispatches from Tyler Zimmer's trip to Myanmar. We'll update the blog as Tyler writes. Stay tuned. Day 3 It is our second day here in Pyin Oo Lin and we start out the day by heading to the Mandalay Coffee Group’s office and cupping lab. We checked out their mill and the systems they have in place. This is the 2nd year that the mill is in operation and it is as nice as any in the world. All the coffee here is wet processed and fermented 24 hours in concrete tanks. The coffee is then moved to the concrete patios where the coffee is turned and raked until it is dry. It is then moved to their...

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Dispatches from Myanmar - Day 2

Below are dispatches from Tyler Zimmer's trip to Myanmar. We'll update the blog as Tyler writes. Stay tuned. Day 2 We got off to an early start, as we had to leave for the airport in Yangon to fly to Mandalay, the old capitol of Mynmar. It was about a 2 hour flight to Mandalay, in the center of the country. It is hot and dry this time of year, like Yangon, with raining season beginning in April and May. We had a 2 hour drive up some very windy roads to the Pyin Oo Lwin area.  As we made our way up the mountains, the temperatures cooled down but the landscape is still very dry this time of year....

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Dispatches from Myanmar - Day 1

Below are dispatches from Tyler Zimmer's trip to Myanmar. We'll update this blog as Tyler writes. Stay tuned. Day 1 After about 30 hours of travel I've finally made it to Yangon, Myanmar. We landed around 11:30 PM on Saturday night (there is a 12:30 time difference in Myanmar, what's up with the :30!?). I am staying tonight (Sunday) in Yangon before we fly out to Mandalay in the morning.  Today is full of meetings with people who have been involved with the coffee project to date. Many from USAID, Winrock International, as well as the Myanmar Coffee Association and the Mandalay Coffee Group. We started with introductions. The range of roasting companies is quite broad. From a larger specialty...

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Myanmar Trip

Recently, Kaldi’s Coffee was honored to be asked to participate in the first ever organized coffee buying trip to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Located in southeast Asia, Myanmar borders India, China, and Thailand and has been producing coffee since the late 1800s. Although Myanmar contains some prime growing regions, they have remained largely unknown to the specialty coffee industry. Controlled by successive military governments over the last 60 years, their industry was limited by self-imposed isolation. Over the last five years, Myanmar has transitioned  towards democracy and open trade, and now their government is heavily interested in growing their burgeoning coffee industry and capitalizing on their potential for high quality Arabica coffee. The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) invited Kaldi’s...

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United States Coffee Competition - Kansas City February 2016

Dispatch by Barista and Trainer Matt Foster Two weeks ago was my second time competing in a regional Brewer’s Cup competition, and many things were very much like my first time competing. Familiar things like late nights spent alone and with fellow competitors securitizing every detail of our presentations, running all over town and the internet to find wares, reciting our speeches out loud often enough that our family, friends and pets have it memorized, and enduring caffeine induced sleepless nights counting how many times we’ve counted the coffee beans we see when we close our eyes. Everything else however, was much different. Last time I was able to choose my coffee, brew method and presentation from the start and...

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