Producer: Smallholder producers
Cultivar: Catuaí & S-795
Altitude: 1100 – 1500m
Notes: White chocolate, dried pineapple & lemongrass
Situated in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is a country with a rich cultural history and much of its land lies within the ‘bean belt’ close to the Tropic of Cancer. Coffee was first introduced in 1885 by the British East India Company, when missionaries and traders established some small farms around the city of Pyin-Oo-Lwin. Although coffee has been grown in the country for more than two centuries, it is now starting to capture the attention of the specialty coffee community as a country with huge potential due its fertile soils and favourable climate. This coffee is named after Ywangan, a town which is located in the centre of the country in the state of Shan.
More than 90% of the smallholder producers who live in the municipality of Ywangan cultivate coffee. The typical size of a family farm varies but can be up to three acres where coffee is grown amongst other cash crops such as avocado, papaya, pineapple, passion fruit, banana, tea and macadamia trees. Under the leadership Mr. U Thint Lwin, the Mandalay Coffee Group (MCG) buys selectively-picked ripe red cherries from smallholder producers during the harvest period from December to March. He and his team visit the villages to help coordinate the collection points where the cherries are transported to the MCG processing facility in-Pyin-Oo-Lwin. This naturally processed coffee is a result of an initiative launched by the group in 2015 which provides finance and training to producers in the processing of sun-dried coffee on patios and raised beds.
Sourced exclusively through our friends at Xorxios Specialty, this is the first time we have had the privilege to roast a coffee from Myanmar. Roasted for filter, this delightful coffee offers up tropical aromas reminiscent of dried pineapple and is supported by notes of white chocolate fudge with a creamy body. For a naturally processed coffee, it has exceptional clarity and the aftertaste is complemented with refreshing lemongrass-like florals and citric acidity.
As we release our first ever coffee from Myanmar, we are mindful of the courageous people who are fighting for their fragile democracy right now.
And we strongly believe that coffee can be a catalyst for positive change too.
That is why we are now raising funds to stand in solidarity with our brave brothers and sisters in this beautiful country who are committed to the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) towards a more peaceful, democratic future 🇲🇲
For every bag of Ywangan sold, we will donate 20 cents to support the Myanmarese in their vital struggle for self-determination. Feel free to match our contribution.
All donations will go directly to Mutual Aid Myanmar. For more information, please visit: www.mutualaidmyanmar.org