Myanmar, Shan State - Natural

Ga Naing Ya Coffee Group, Southern Region

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is new to the specialty coffee scene but they have come out of the blocks strong. Coffee was first introduced by the British in the mid-19th century but never really flourished, almost grinding to a halt when the British Colonials left. In the past, most of the coffee grown in Myanmar has been of a lower quality what we would call C grade or commodity grade and sold as a cash crop by the women at local markets, sometimes making it to neighbouring countries like Thailand, Laos and China.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Over the past several years a lot more energy has been put into coffee as the economy has opened, and access to foreign capital and investment has become more viable. A lot of this has come from private NGO’s who have been brought in to facilitate improved agronomy, harvesting and processing practices. Team RAW were invited to Myanmar by Andrew Hertzel of the Coffee Quality Institute. Myanmar produces both fully washed and naturally processed coffees. Because of their dry heat during harvest season, the climate is particularly good for natural processing. Relative to other, more humid, coffee producing nations, the dry heat minimises the potential formation of negative bacteria and fungi on the outside of the cherries as they dry. This is important, as processing coffee naturally can be risky for producers, as, if coffee buyers detect any taints, producers will receive a lesser price than had they processed the coffee as a washed. Having a nice dry heat shortens the natural drying cycle of the coffee cherries and reduces negative ferment which can affect the cup if the process takes too long. This results in a clarity and vibrancy to this coffee which is hard to find in other producing nations. The Ga Naing Yar Coffee Group is a small cooperative made up of 51 households in an area of approximately 28 acres. The Mandalay Coffee Group (MCG) has helped finance and support these households in processing and bringing this coffee to market.

Myanmar produces both fully washed and naturally processed coffees. Because of their dry heat during harvest season, the climate is particularly good for natural processing. Relative to other, more humid, coffee producing nations, the dry heat minimises the potential formation of negative bacteria and fungi on the outside of the cherries as they dry. This is important, as processing coffee naturally can be risky for producers, as, if coffee buyers detect any taints, producers will receive a lesser price than had they processed the coffee as a washed. Having a nice dry heat, shortens the natural drying cycle of the coffee cherries and reduces negative ferment which can affect the cup if the process takes too long. This creates a clarity and vibrancy to this coffee which is hard to find in other producing nations.

The Ga Naing Yar Coffee Group is a small cooperative made up of 51 households in an area of approximately 28 acres. The Mandalay Coffee Group (MCG) has helped finance and support these households in processing and bringing this coffee to market.

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About this coffee

This Myanmar coffee has all the notes you want from a sun-dried natural; top notes of berries, which move through into dried fruits, like raisins and prunes. It then finishes in a delicious sweet chocolate. Exceptional as a brewed coffee, espresso, or milk based.

Tasting Notes
BERRIES, COMPLEX, CHOCOLATE
Varieties: 90% Catuai
Country: Myanmar
Process: Sun dried natural
Region: Southern Shan State
Altitude: 1470 masl
Producers: Ga Naing Yar Coffee Group
Drying Method: Sun-dried on raised beds
Harvested: Nov - March