Our Festive Coffee for 2021!
Notes: Clementine, spices and milk chocolate
Myanmar – Padah Lin
It’s that time of year again and we’ve been busy sourcing a really special coffee to share with you for the holidays. If tasting notes of Clementine, Spices and Milk Chocolate don’t get you into the festive spirit, then we don’t know what will.
We are excited to announce our new partnership with importers, IndoChina and our first coffee from the exciting and developing speciality coffee scene in Myanmar. We are especially proud to be able to buy coffees from this country this year, in knowledge of the crisis that has sadly unfolded and the amazing work IndoChina have done to keep working with producers and to be able to get coffees out of the ports.
Padah Lin is produced by 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.
This coffee is named after the limestone caves in Ywangan township that contain prehistoric paintings thought to be 13000 years old.
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.
Further details about the history of coffee production in Myanmar from IndoChina.
Myanmar, also called Burma, is located in the western portion of mainland Southeast Asia. In 1989 the country’s official English name, which it had held since 1885, was changed from the Union of Burma to the Union of Myanmar; in the Burmese language the country has been known as Myanmar (more precisely, Mranma Prañ) since the 13th century.
Myanmar is bordered to its north and northeast by China, to its east by Laos and Thailand, and its west by Bangladesh and India. Myanmar possesses the largest expanse of tropical forest in mainland Southeast Asia with substantial biodiversity, harbouring rare species such as the red panda and the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey.
Climate and terroir are perfect for coffee cultivation in various parts of the country, particularly in the Shan hills which stretch into the coffee growing regions of Yunnan and Thailand. Myanmar has been growing coffee since the late 1800s, introduced by British colonists.
Following Myanmar’s independence in 1948, a concerted drive to produce coffee occurred much later during the political reforms of 2011, when agricultural growth was encouraged as part of the government’s opium eradication programme.
The subsequent opening up of its economy led to the increased focus on coffee as a commercial crop. Specialty coffee production commenced from 2015, supported by development initiatives from Winrock Foundation, USAID and CQI, with the first specialty coffees exported to the USA in 2016 (Atlas) and to the UK in 2017, including Indochina Coffee’s first shipment.