DESCRIPTION: pomegranate, red wine, oak, milk chocolate
REGION: Ywangan, Southern Shan State
PROCESSING METHOD: Natural
ALTITUDE: 1200 meters
VARIETY: Catuai, S795, Caturra, Catimor
Our relationships in Myanmar are among the most exciting that we’ve established. Ten years ago, before Myanmar broke onto the speciality coffee scene, we began working with several political refugees from the country. Through their presence on our team, we became fascinated with Myanmar and its history, and we were ecstatic to see the country emerge as a specialty origin. When we were invited to join the Coffee Quality Institute and USAID one of the first-ever coffee buying trips to the area in 2016, we couldn’t pass it up.
The results we have seen in Myanmar’s short time producing for the specialty market are nothing short of amazing. Coffees have taken huge leaps in quality in just a few years, a feat not commonly achieved. Our work with our importer in the Southern Shan State region around the village of Tet Kone has shown us the great potential these coffees have for ongoing appeal and viability as an export.
From its small beginnings 200 years ago as an army base with a few coffee trees, the village of Tet Kone and its small holders have emerged as a quality-driven region within Myanmar. Through their work with the Myanmar Coffee Association, the producers of Tet Kone and hundreds of others in surrounding Yangwan are finding success in specialty coffee. We’re thrilled to bring you the fruits of this year’s harvest as we continue to invest in one of coffees newest and most exciting origins.