Myanmar Is Here!

Fresh crop Myanmar coffee from the Mandalay Coffee Group.

Four delicious green coffees from Myanmar arrived this week, and spending time with them in the cupping room yesterday, we found them fascinating! One Q Grader summed them up as: “The acidity we expect from Africa, with the savoriness we love from PNG.”

After their cupping, the Providence office brewed the Ywangan Washed as a pour over, and one member of the Quality Control team shared, “We were all talking about how incredibly comforting it was, like the first night you need a sweater at the end of summer!"

We have three new coffees from the Mandalay Coffee Group (MCG), which in 2017 won a national cupping competition with a natural-processed coffee that scored an 89.58 on the SCA scale. And clearly, they’ve produced another beautiful lot this year.

MCG was formed in 2014 and consists of 741 farmer members from 28 villages in the Yawangan region. The coffee is washed, fermented in concrete tanks using the aerobic method and then dried on patios and turned every hour.

Myanmar Ywangan Natural (P6145 only 5 bags of 60kg, NJ)
Jammy, sweet, clean and creamy; blackberry, papaya, black tea.

Myanmar Ywangan Washed (P6147, 15 bags of 60kg, NJ)
Pronounced acidity, herbal and buttery; lemonade, caramel, floral, berry.

Myanmar Ywangan Washed (P6148, 167 bags of 60kg, NJ)
Lovely bright acidity; floral, sweet and creamy.

Our other washed coffee from Myanmar comes from the award-winning Green Land Estate, in the Mandalay region. The estate was established with 30 acres in 1999, and at 450 acres today, it’s the largest estate in the district of Pyin Oo Lwin.

But growth isn’t enough. The team there is also set on increasing quality, and this year they’ve begun replacing the original trees with new varieties; they have a new wet-milling machine, to reduce defects and process more efficiently; and they’re careful to nurture and keep various plots separated, to create smaller batches of higher-quality coffees. This batch of SL-34, for example, was shade-grown on a parcel of the property under Silver Oak and Macadamia trees.

Myanmar Green Land Estate SL-34 (P6146 23 bags 60kg NJ)
Sweet and tangy, with a creamy body and complex, tart acidity.

Love Myanmar and looking for a great deal? We still have some last-season Moe Htet, which comes from a privately owned estate in the state of Shan, also in Mandalay — and also processed by MCG.

Myanmar Moe Htet Washed 2017 (P4473 34 bags 60kg NJ; 9 bags 60kg Annex; in GrainPro)
Apple, cherry, baker’s chocolate; clean and balanced.

 

Please note that while these coffees are at the Continental Terminal in NJ, we plan to move some to our other warehouses. If you'd like to book a bag, please let us know and we'll move the coffee to the warehouse nearest to you! Just email traders.iacus@nkg.coffee.

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