Chateau 76 - Myanmar Pha Yar Gyi Kone

  • Chateau 76 - Myanmar Pha Yar Gyi Kone
  • Chateau 76 - Myanmar Pha Yar Gyi Kone
Region Southern Shan State
Farms Pha Yar Gyi Kone
Variety Red Catuai
MASL / Altitude 1323
Process Natural
Tasting Notes Red Apple, Orange Blossom, Shortbread, Cherry Lips

 

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Very clean, elegant, complex and balanced, this a prime Chateau 76 coffee. This is the first time in 8 years that a Chateau coffee has been anything other than an East African! The nuances of this made it a no brainer. 

There have been some nice coffees from Myanmar, but nothing thats made us stop and stare at the bowl with that “wait a minute...that’s delicious” big dumb look on our faces. Well this coffee made us do that, which was annoying because the name is really unusual and hard to remember and made it hard to discuss. But once over that hurdle, well this coffee just kept being a delight. 

Phayar Gyi Kone is named after the village in the Ywangan area of the Shan State, Myanmar. This coffee was bought by Christian and Shirani of IndoChina coffee importers who developed fantastic relationships with coffee producers in the region. 

They have linked with a group called Shwe Taung Thu (translates to “Golden Farmer”) which is the name of an association of 18 communities who have come together to move into speciality coffee production, and away from low quality commercial coffee production. 

The climate is hot and dry during harvest, which are ideal conditions for dry processing. The immaculately sorted cherries are spread out on raised beds and moved every hour to ensure even drying. 

It's this attention to detail from dedicated farmers and maximising the potential of local growing conditions that has yielded this absolute belter of a coffee!

We’ve been sampling Myanmar coffees for three years, and its been interesting to see the cup quality improve. This particular coffee clearly stood out as something exceptional and is a fabulous testament to the commitment and skill of the 200 households growing coffee around the village.