Where to Buy The Best Chinese Coffee
Background of Chinese Coffee
The province of Yunnan, famously known as the birthplace of tea, started growing a small amount of coffee around the late 1800’s. But it wasn’t until the 1960’s, at the behest of the United Nations, that the government decided to step up their investment in domestic coffee production. High import taxes and a growing market of java-sipping customers mean that more and more roasters are now sourcing their beans domestically as well.
Best Coffee production of Yunnan
Almost all domestic coffee comes from Yunnan, accounting for 98% of production. The main regions within Yunnan for coffee production are Baoshan, Dehong, and Menglian in Pu’er. Pu’er alone accounts for 60% of the country’s total production. Other provinces where coffee is grown include Fujian and Hainan.
Fujian and Hainan mainly grow robusta, while Yunnan grows arabica, with catimor (a caturra-Timor hybrid) as the varietal of choice.