Yunnan Drink

Yunnan is a region in China known for growing large-leaf tea of producing top quality black tea. High mountains covered by mist, with clean water supply from nearby rivulets, rich humus soil …these ideal conditions contribute a lot to the unique flavor of Yunnan black tea, earning it a worldwide reputation. Our large-leaf Yunnan Congou black tea has perfect leaf appearance with golden tips. In addition to Tea, another popular drink in Yunnan is coffee. The number of coffee drinkers in China is on the rise. Today, coffee has firmly integrated itself into the daily lives of the younger generation across China. With the increasing popularity of coffee culture, local coffee emerges, and one of them is Yunnan coffee. Yunnan produces 98% of the country’s coffee, and when we talk about Chinese coffee we mostly mean Yunnan coffee. Yunnan is a good representation of Chinese coffee development and the position of Chinese coffee in the world.

Other drinks include Baijiu, beers and fruit juices, etc.

Classifications of Yunnan Drink

In this part, Yunnan drink will be divided into four categories, tea, coffee, alcohol and tropical fruit juice.

Yunnan Tea

Tea following its production method in Yunnan is divided into five categories: Dianhong black tea, green tea, Pu’er tea, purple pressing tea and scented tea. Black tea and Pu’er tea are mainly for export, accounting for about half of the province’s output, mostly sold to Hong Kong and Macao, Southeast Asia, Western Europe and other more than 50 countries and regions, green tea and scented tea are mainly for domestic sales, compressed tea mainly sold to Tibet and some ethnic areas in the province.

1. Dianhong Black Tea滇红茶

Dianhong black tea is the general name of Yunnan Black Tea. It is divided into Dianhong Kungfu Tea(滇红功夫茶) and Dianhong fannings(滇红碎茶). They are mainly produced in Lincang, Baoshan, Simao, Xishuangbanna, Dehong, 25 counties of 6 cities and prefectures. Dianhong black tea was successfully produced in Fengqing in 1939. Once used as an ornamental in a transparent vessel by the Queen of England, its quality is comparable to the world’s best black tea in India, Sri Lanka and Kenya.

2. Green Tea

Yunnan green tea including sun withering(晒青), pan-fired green(炒青), baking green(烘青) and steam tea(蒸青) and a variety of famous tea throughout the southwest and south Yunnan tea regions, mainly for domestic sales.

3. Pu’er Tea普洱茶

Pu’er tea is a famous traditional tea with a long reputation. Pu’er tea, a famous tea in history, refers to the fresh leaves of tea trees planted with large leaves of Yunnan, sun-withering tea(晒青茶) which is made by killing out, twisting and drying. Since the Tang and Song dynasties, Sun-withering tea from southern Yunnan has been sold to Pu’er Prefecture (Today’s Pu’er City), hence the name Pu’er Tea.

Tea Culture Tours
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Yunnan Coffee

Yunnan produces 98% of the country‘s coffee, and when we talk about Chinese coffee we mostly mean Yunnan coffee. Yunnan is a good representation of Chinese coffee development and the position of Chinese coffee in the world. 

Although it is not widely recognized throughout the world, it does rely heavily on export. But with the geographical advantage and the increasing quality, it is slowly putting itself on the world map as the representative of Chinese coffee. The predominant coffee growing areas in Yunnan are Wenshan, Baoshan, Dehong and Pu’er. The combined production of these areas is exported to countries such as Korea, Japan, Vietnam, USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan and several countries in Europe.

Yunnan grows a variety of coffees, including Arabica Catimor, Typica, and Bourbon. The unique geography high above sea level and the differences between the temperature during the night and day creates the original character of Yunnan coffee- “Fruity fragrance, rich but not bitter, and aromatic but not overwhelming”, reflecting the beauty of the Yunnan. The best-known coffee in Yunnan is Yunnan Arabica coffee.

Fragrance of Pu’er Coffee

Yunnan Arabica Coffee云南小粒咖啡

Coffees are suitable for growing on a mountain area of 800-1800 meters above sea level. If the altitude is too high, it will taste sour and taste bitter if too low. Yunnan arabica coffee is mostly planted in dry and hot valley area about 1100 meters above sea level, so it has moderate acidity, strong and mellow flavor. Yunnan has a unique environment suitable for the growth of Yunnan arabica coffee, Yunnan arabica coffee produced here is of excellent quality. Planting areas in Yunnan are mainly located in Lincang, Baoshan, Simao, Xishuangbanna, Dehong, Nujiang and other prefectures. Yunnan arabica coffee is native to Ethiopia and Arabian Peninsula.

Yunnan Liquor

1. Maoliang Liquor茅粮白酒

Maoliang Liquor Enterprise Group(茅粮白酒企业集团) was founded in 1995 and was officially registered as the first diversified private corporation group in Lincang area in January 2002, integrating liquor brewing, fruit wine development, biological food processing, swine feeding, wild animal domestication, lime burning and feed processing. Maoliang series liquor(茅粮系列白酒) is the pillar product of the company at present.

2. Cizhong Wine茨中葡萄酒

Jesus once said, “I am a real grape, and my father is a farmer of grapes.” So, in Catholicism, wine also represents the blood of Jesus. Cizhong, a small village in Deqin, Yunnan Province, along with French Catholicism from Myanmar, grape seeds and wine brewing technique came to the village.

The climate and soil in Cizhong Village are similar to those in France, suitable for growing grapes, and large vineyards are seen everywhere during the harvest season, and varieties of vines are Lady Hua(华夫人) or Rose Honey from France’s Bordeaux. In France, there have been 500 years of cultivation, but in the history of the current, Rose Honey gradually degenerated and disappeared. Unexpectedly,  in the remote village of Yunnan Province, these vanish grapes are thriving.

3. Honghe Mile Wine红河弥勒葡萄酒

Mile City is the hometown of highland grapes, there is famous Chinese wine brand “Yunnan Red”. The wine grape of Yunnan Red comes from French Rose Honey. Yunnan Hong Winery, located in Dongfeng Farm, Mile City, Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan Province, is mainly grape sightseeing, setting tourism, catering, entertainment, accommodation and reception, and integrating business, leisure, nature and quality. It is a characteristic winery combined with the Chinese and Western culture.

4. Lancang Beer澜沧江啤酒

Yunnan Lancang Beer Corporation Group was founded in January 1985, on May 10, 1990, the beer production line with an annual output of 3000 tons was put into production, Lancang River Beer officially asked for market. Lancang Beer is very popular in Yunnan, every year in Baoshan, Lincang and other places, grand Lancang beer festival is held.

5. Dali Beer大理啤酒

When you are traveling in Dali, you must taste the Dali beer of Cangshan Brand. Dali Brewery, produced Dali beer of Cangshan Brand, is located in the west suburd of Xiaguan town, Dali city.

Launched in 1988, Dali beer is a well-known brand of Chinese Yunnan Province’s portfolio. Dali Beer has always believed in a ‘taking life easy’ attitude and is committed to support Yunnan’s folk singer and music. Dali Beer V8 has a bright yellow colour and a dense, white foam. The aroma is marked by fresh and hoppy notes, as well as light, sweet, malty aromas. The taste is smooth with a tasty hoppy bitterness and a rich, malty aftertaste.

6. Tsingtao Beer青岛啤酒

Tsingtao Beer, a well-hopped standard pale lager of 4.7% abv, is the flagship brew, accounting for most of the brewery’s production. An unpasteurised version is sold as Tsingtao Draft Beer. Tsingtao Beer was long advertised as being “brewed with mineral water from the Laoshan(崂山) Spring”, which contributed to its characteristic flavor, but that now applies only to beer produced in Qingdao, and not to that produced in the company’s other breweries.

Fruit Juice

Yunnan has always been known as the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, and Yunnan soil is good, rich in many kinds of fruit, mango, pineapple, litchi, banana and other fruits are growing throughout the year. In Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, there are various tropical fruits such as mango, jackfruit, grapefruit, coconut and so on. In Yunnan, fruit juice shops are everywhere, and diverse fruit juices are also popular among young people.