Mandalay’s Award-Winning Coffee Estate
Green Land Estate, in the village of Thet Kan, was established in 1999 with 30 acres of the Catimor T-8667 coffee variety. Every year since then, the estate has grown by 20 to 30 acres and is now the largest estate in the district of Pyin Oo Lwin, in the Mandalay region.
Today, more than 600,000 coffee trees grow on 450 acres. The specific varieties of T8667 and SL-34 grow in the shade of Silver Oak and Macadamia trees.
The estate’s goal for 2018 was to replace most of its Catimor T-8667 trees with new varieties such as Gesha, Catuai (red and yellow), Mondo Novo, Bourbon (yellow), Catimor P88 and Catigua, in order to produce higher-quality specialty coffees and increase productivity in the future.
These new varieties are being grown on separate plots and are receiving special attention by staff members on the estate.
Green Land has earned awards for Outstanding Coffee Growing from the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, and in 2016 and 2017 it won first and second place in the Myanmar Cupping Competition.
Continued Progress in Processing
Green Land Estate recently upgraded its wet mill with a new Pinhalense’s Eco Super wet miller, to significantly reduce defects and create more efficient post-harvest processing.
During harvest season, only fully ripe cherries are picked—by hand and by trained pickers. 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, which retains a higher concentration of glucose and fructose in the fruit.
The beans are patio dried for seven to 10 days. All waste water on the estate is neutralized and treated and then returned to the farm for use. •
Cupping notes: Milk chocolate and walnut notes; complex, tangy acidity; sweet, creamy body. (7/25/18)