Myanmar A Lel Chaung Natural
**All local pick up orders will remain available for 30 days. After 30 days they will be donated to a local charity due to storage space.**
This is now our fourth year offering a micro-lot from Myanmar! This lot has grown close to our heart over the past few years, we were in love the first year - but it has improved year over year! The community behind this coffee has benefitted tremendously from specialty coffee and they now give 10% of their profits to their community - mostly to their local schools and a village monastery.
Even though coffee was first introduced into Myanmar in 1885, the coffee trade since then has more or less inched along, with the bulk of coffee grown there making its way across borders to China, Laos and Thailand via “unofficial” transactions. Now, after more than six decades of self-imposed isolation by successive military governments, Myanmar has emerged with a reinvigorated entrepreneurial vision. This new enthusiasm for commerce is evident in the emerging coffee industry guided by experts intent on expanding the global supply of quality beans.
In 2014, the Myanmar Coffee Project was created to help educate producers about international markets. Since then, entities like Atlas Coffee Importers and Coffee Quality Institute have been working with growers to improve agronomy and harvesting practices. In just three years, coffees in this country have gone from scoring in the low 70s to the mid to high 80s as investments in milling and education have brought about the birth of a true specialty coffee business in Myanmar.
A Lel Chaung
A Lel Chaung is a community of 280 Danu households, with 150 of them producing coffee. They mainly grow catuai varietal on 250 total acres of land at an average elevation of 1282 masl. Their coffee performed very well in the cupping this year, bright and juicy with notes of red grape and cranberry. In one year they have more than doubled their production as well as made improvements in the community. They’ve put in many more drying beds, and the cherry that Craig saw on the tables was "stunningly perfect in its ripeness."
In the Cup
This coffee is very clean and fruity, with a juicy mouthfeel. Strawberry, a light floral flavor, and a really rich sweetness make this a decadent and easy drinking cup of coffee.
To find out more about what Grind Method to choose, check out our blog post on grind methods!