Pyin Oo Lwin, MyanmarFlavour Notes: Melon, basil & pine
Orders are dispatched every Tuesday & Thursday. Orders over £15 will be delivered free of charge!
Roast Level: Light/Medium
Process: Fully washed
Varietal: Red Catuai
Roaster's Notes: Our first ever coffee from Myanmar, with some extremely interesting and distinctive qualities. As coffee goes, this is quite a savoury one with fresh basil & pine notes, but with a melon sweetness.
Producer: Ywangan Smallholders
Region: Shan State
Altitude: 1,280 metres
Our Ywangan coffee comes from Mandalay Coffee Group (MCG) and consists of combined daily lots grown by predominantly Danu and some Pa-O hill-tribe smallholder farmers in the remote mountainous area of Ywangan, Southern Shan state, Myanmar. MCG was formed in 2014 and is owned entirely by citizens of Myanmar. It works with these smallholders, providing support as well as processing the coffee and bringing it to market. The company is based in the town of Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Division.
For this season, MCG worked with over 50 smallholder farmers, each of whom cultivates approximately 0.25-3 acres of land, with coffee plants intercropped with a variety of produce such as avocados, jackfruit, papaya, macadamia and djenkol beans. Coffee varieties include about 80% Red Catuai, 10% S-795 and 10% Costa Rica T8667, Caturra, and San Ramon. The different types of trees act as a buffer to the spread of leaf rust and provide much needed shade, for both the coffee and the families who welcome the shade around their homes. Most of the farmers do not use fertiliser, but there is a big difference in quality and yield from the wealthier farmers that can use manure from their cattle.