Our second lot from Shwe Taung Thu farmers group this season. Grown and processed by the Pha Yar Gyi Kone community, this elegant and clean natural tastes of summer fruits like wild strawberry and blackberry, with a sweetness reminiscent of demerara sugar.
PHA YAR GYI KONE, Community Lot
is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.
Shwe Taung Thu farmers group, which translates to ‘Golden Farmer’, is made up of Danu and Pa-O smallholder farmers who are producing specialty coffee in the Ywangan area of southern Shan State, in the east part of Myanmar. The group provides leadership, finance, technical assistance and market linkages for its members with the objective of bringing fairer trade conditions for its coffees. Pha Yar Gyi Kone is named after the village in which this coffee is grown, consisting of 200 member Danu households. The group has donated some of their profits from last season’s coffees to the local school.
Each community has its own working group which is responsible for managing the processing of the coffee within each village. The focus is exclusively on producing dry naturals – the climate and terroir is particularly suited to this process, with very dry heat during the harvest season providing excellent conditions for drying.
The name Catuaí derives from the Guarani multo mom, meaning “very good” and this variety was developed by the Instituto Agronomico (IAC) of Sao Paulo State in Campinas, Brazil. Catuaí is the result of a cross between Mundo Novo which is highly productive and Caturra which was chosen for its small size. The result is compact, high-yielding plant with a consistently good cup quality across Central America but with high susceptibility to leaf rust. There are yellow and red-fruited types.
Ripe cherries are picked and delivered to a central collection point in the village. This is then hand sorted by villagers, retaining the best cherry and removing under and over ripe fruits. The cherries are then spread out to dry on raised beds for around 11-32 days. Dry milling takes place through a local exporter.
PRODUCER: Shwe Taung Thu farmers group
FARM: Pha Yar Gyi Kone village, Ywangan, Southern Shan State, Myanmar
ELEVATION: 1,323 masl
CULTIVAR: Red Catuai
HARVEST: December 2022 - March 2023
ARRIVED: October 2023
IMPORTING PARTNER: IndoChina Coffee