China is the unknown coffee giant – also because of its tea culture. But there are outstanding Chinese coffees – this lot from Xingang is an excellent example: sweet black cherry and fruity mango, as well as a hint of hazelnut are found in the cup.
About the coffee
The Xingang farm is run by Yenai and her eldest daughter Zhaomei and covers an area of 28 hectares. The processing method used is based on a natural double fermentation. The coffee cherries are fermented in bags for three days before drying and then spread out on drying tables for two days. This is followed by another fermentation phase, which lasts until the aromas of the beans have matured. Finally, the last drying phase follows, which lasts about one month. This precession can also be tasted.
What is also special about this coffee is that it is produced exclusively by women, from planting to processing to roasting. It shows the power of women in the coffee industry from China to Europe. The flavour profile has also been designed to better reflect the characteristics of modern women. The fruity aroma is charming and feminine, sweet like mango and dried fruits, reminiscent of tropical warm wind. This reflects the softness of women. On the other hand, the stronger body of this coffee also highlights the strength of modern women.
About the farm
The owners of the Xingang farm place great emphasis on organic coffee farming and strictly adhere to the rules for harvesting the red cherries. The farm is also very experimental and innovative when it comes to processing methods. And this pays off: In 2020, this coffee won second place in the Yunnan Green Coffee Competition 2020.
Yunnan is a very young experimental field for specialty coffee with great strength and potential. The natural conditions are very favourable and suitable for growing high quality coffee. The cultivation area is located on the border between the subtropical and tropical regions. With the warm currents of the Indian Ocean and a cultivation altitude of 1400 to 1700 m, this region has a unique microclimate with a large temperature difference between day and night. The higher forests act as natural shade trees.