Myanmar Ywangan Natural Dark

COFFEE DETAILS:


region

Ywangan, Southern Shan State

elevation

4200 feet

process

Natural Dry

varietal

Catuai, S795, CR T8667, Caturra

tasting highlights

Black Cherry, Apple Strudel, Dark Chocolate

Coffee Story:

This coffee is produced by smallholder farmers, located in the region of Ywangan (Wong -Ann) in the southern Shan state of Myanmar (Mmm-Yen-Mar). Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east and China to its north and northeast. On its southern border, lays an uninterrupted coastline alongside the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Natural resources such as the mining of precious stones, metals, crude oil and gas is a large part of the country’s economy. The country and people of Myanmar have endured some of the longest civil wars known to history, with active refugee camps situated in many areas around the border today. Religious and ethnic differences have been at the helm of much of this country’s conflict over the decades. At this time, Myanmar is not an epicenter for tourism, but with more resources going to building and improving the country’s infrastructure, it just may be a hot spot for people to visit in future years. Now, you may be asking yourself, isn’t Myanmar the land of bountiful rice and opium production? And the answer, yes. About 60% of Myanmar’s agriculture consists of rice, however opium production has had less momentum over the past couple of decades. That is where the story of growing and processing coffee begins, high in the shade covered mountain forests.

As Myanmar’s opium production was center stage for many decades; corruption, greed and the disregard for human life began to follow. With different governments and human rights initiatives from around the world beginning to have a “seat at the table”, efforts to decrease opiate production and eliminate drug traffic was promoted. In areas of Myanmar where opium production was diminished, the poppies were replaced with coffee plants. The regions of Ywangan, Pyin Oo Lwin and Mogok are the primary arabica coffee growing areas in Myanmar. The farmers behind this cup, began growing coffee in the early 1980’s as a substitute crop for poppies. Farmers here typically own .25-.5 acre, on which they intercrop a few varieties of Arabica coffee, alongside other crops such as avocado, jackfruit, jengkol beans, papaya and shady macadamia trees. The Mandalay Coffee Group (MCG), located in Pyin Oo Lwin near Mandalay was formed in 2014 and has 741 farmer members from 28 villages within the region of Ywangan. The MCG purchases ripe coffee cherry from farmers and proceeds to process (both washed and natural dry process), mill and export the coffees for sale into international markets.

$17.00/12oz

Coffee Bucks:
12oz earns 5%
5lbs earns 10%
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