This is our third year featuring coffee from Myanmar/Burma, and we are honored to represent another of their vibrant farming communities this season. Especially amidst the chaos and turbulence that has transpired here since the coup in 2021, we remain committed to supporting this region’s farmers and rural communities. This year, we selected a coffee from the relatively large town of Kyauk Ku Pyin, whose community association includes 150 households with 16 core members. Of the 16 core group members, 12 are women.
Though not instinctively associated with specialty coffee, Shan State has received significant investment and attention over the last several years from organizations such as the United States Agency of International Development (USAID), the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), and our importing partners, Atlas Coffee. In 2014, Atlas traveled to Myanmar with Winrock, a nonprofit organization receiving funding from USAID, as part of a broader Value Chains for Rural Development project. Fundamentally, the goal of this project has been to improve farmer productivity, market connectivity, and access to financial resources.
For those who appreciate unique, juicy, and complex coffees, Kyauk Ku Pyin is as strong a recommendation as we can give. Its combination of tropical fruits, citrus, and juicy texture is seldom represented in the same coffee. In the cup, we taste citrus punch and sweet basil.