|SOUTHERN SHAN, MYANMAR
REGION: MANDALAY DIVISION
DISTRICT: PYIN OO LWIN
FARM: GREEN LAND ESTATE
ALTITUDE: 1158 MASL
Citrus notes, spice, nutmeg, juicy redcurrant.
Green apple, black currant, liquorice. Dense with full body.
Green Land estate lies on the road between Pyin Oo Lwin and Mogok, near the border of Mandalay Division and Northern Shan State. This is a family business led by U Sai Wan, who has childhood memories of seeing coffee farms along the road near Pyin Oo Lwin each time his parents took him from Yangon to visit family in Northern Shan. Now he runs one of the largest arabica plantations in the country (about 450 acres) and has won awards over multiple years of Myanmar’s national quality competitions.
U Sai Wan is a Sales Director of Mandalay Coffee Group, one of the primary leaders in the Myanmar Coffee Association, and a leading innovator of the national industry. He operates the estate together with his uncle and aunt, along with two local agronomists and many local workers.
The majority of coffee grown at Green Land comprises of Costa Rica, a type of Catimor, with SL34 forming around 10% of the farm. U Sai Wan is also conducting experiments with Yellow Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai and Geisha.
During harvest season, ripe cherries are handpicked by trained pickers and the cherry is pulped on site within 24 hours of being harvested.
Cherries are put into water, floaters are removed and the cherry is then pulped and fermented in concrete tanks for 48 hours, using the aerobic method to retain a higher concentration of glucose and fructose in the fruit. The beans are patio dried for seven to 10 days. All wastewater on the estate is neutralised and treated and then returned to the farm for use.
After a period of resting in the Green Land warehouse, coffee is then hulled, sized, and sorted at the Mandalay Coffee Group Pinhalense dry mill. Specialty lots for export are always sent through the Satake optical sorter, and then hand sorted at least once to meet contract specifications.