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Myanmar Kyauk Ky Pyin

Myanmar Kyauk Ky Pyin

Regular price $17.00
Regular price Sale price $17.00

12oz bag, whole bean. Roasted to order.

Bright acidity and medium body, with plum, blackberry, cherry, chocolate, and grape

We roast our coffee beans every Monday and Wednesday to ship every Wednesday and Friday. 
PLEASE note cut-off time for placing orders will be 10am every Monday for Wednesday shipment, and 10am Wednesday for Friday shipment 
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Kyauk Ky Pyin

Variety: Catuai
: Nwar Ban Gyi
: 1356 m
Process: Natural
Tasting Notes: Bright acidity and medium body with plum, blackberry, cherry, chocolate, and grape

Roast Level: Light

  • Coffee was first introduced to Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 1885, but for the next fifty years or so, the coffee trade inched along on a limited scale. Over the last several years, however, several organizations have begun to put more focus on the coffee trade as the Myanmar economy has opened up. Private entities and NGOs have been working with growers to improve agronomy and harvesting practices, and investments in milling and education have brought about the birth of a true specialty coffee business in the country.
    The climate in Myanmar's highlands – hot days, cool nights – lends itself well to coffee cultivation. Given the relative predictability of very dry and hot weather during the harvest season, it is particularly well suited to natural processing, though a significant amount of washed coffee is also produced.
    When a 5-year USAID Value Chains for Rural Development project began in late 2014, specialty coffee was virtually nonexistent. Estates existed selling lower-quality washed coffee, but if farmers hadn't cut down and abandoned coffee altogether, they were strip-picking cherry and selling it to the local market for next to nothing. The country's only dry mill was a government-run mill in Pyin oo Lwin, and coffee was primarily sold to China and Thailand through unofficial channels.
    Fast forward five years to 2019: specialty coffee roasters began competing in coffee competitions with coffee from Myanmar; Burmese youth are involved and enthusiastic about coffee production; the Myanmar Coffee Association (MCA) hosts an annual specialty-coffee competition in Yangon; and there are at least five dry mills throughout the country. Annual total coffee production is estimated at around 3,500-4,000 metric tons (MT) (although official estimates are closer to 7,500 MT), with 400-500 MT being exported to USA, Canada, UK, France, Singapore, Australia, Russia, South Korea, and elsewhere. Internal consumption is estimated at another 400-500 MT, with the bulk of the remaining coffee being sold to Thailand.
    Mandalay and Shan State produce the majority of the coffee in Myanmar, but recently other regions (Chin State and Kachin State) have also started growing coffee. In Mandalay, most of the farmers own large estates and produce washed coffee. Shan State producers are almost exclusively smallholders, most of whom own less than a hectare of land.