|SOUTHERN SHAN, MYANMAR
REGION: SOUTHERN SHAN STATE
ALTITUDE: 1280 MASL
VARIETY: CATUAI & S795
Citrus notes, spice, nutmeg, juicy redcurrant.
Our Southern Shan 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 from 23 villages in the remote mountainous area of Ywangan in 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.
Within 48 hours of picking, the hand sorted cherry is collected in trucks and transported to MCG’s processing mill in Pyin Oo Lwin, about 5 hours’ drive away. Coffee that is rejected for the specialty export market is usually dried on the ground and sold in the domestic market, meaning there is very little waste.
Once the cherry arrives at MCG’s mill it is floated, pulped and fermented overnight in tiled tanks that maintain lot separation. Parchment is then rinsed in a mechanical demucilager and sent to dry on concrete patios.