Name: Ying Li
Origin: Longyang district, Baoshan, Yunnan Province
Altitude: 1600 metres above sea level
Flavours: Raisin, chocolate, honey, brown sugar, hazelnut
Grind: Whole bean
Where is it from?
The People’s Republic of China is located in eastern Asia, stretching west from the Pacific Ocean. China is the world’s most populous country, with over 1.4 billion people, spreading over a varied geographical area of 9.6 million square kilometres. Highlands and hill regions account for 65 per cent of the country’s total landmass. Over 2000 lakes and 220,000 kilometres of rivers permeate the landscape. China’s top commodity exports include cotton, rice and tea.
This coffee originates from Yunnan – a mountainous sub-tropical region bordering Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar further to the southwest. Alongside a vast array of flora and fauna, the people of Yunnan are a highly diverse mix of cultures and languages. Around half of China’s officially recognised 56 different ethnic groups reside here.
Yunnan is renowned for its tea, with towns such as Pu’er named after the famous fermented tea grown in the area for centuries. Coffee was first introduced to Yunnan by missionaries in the late eighteenth century, but it was only cultivated in significant quantities from the late 1980s due to concerted efforts by the government to revive production. Yunnan’s focus on speciality coffee is only very recent.
Catimor is the most prevalent variety of coffee in Yunnan. Although not typically associated with speciality coffee, it has performed extremely well in Yunnan – generally presenting unusually high sweetness, balanced cup and a flavour complexity not seen anywhere else in the world.
We are very excited to offer this micro-lot from Ying Li farm in Baoshan, western Yunnan. Baoshan is located between the border of Myanmar and the Lancang River (Mekong). Tempered by the low latitude and moderate elevation, Baoshan has a mild subtropical highland climate with short, mild, dry winters, and warm, rainy summers.
This coffee immediately stood out for us with it's clean, sweet and balanced profile whilst offering an unusually sweet and savoury complexity.
Read our blog post on the growing speciality market in China here.
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