Kaku farm is located in Paliang, the largest coffee producing area in Menglian Dai, Lahu and Va Autonomous County, Yunnan. The family-run farm and washing station are led by Mr Li, processing coffee grown by surrounding villages of smallholders as well as their own land. Alongside coffee, the farm grows a variety of trees such as camphor tree (used as an essential oil), Tianzhugui (used in traditional Chinese medicine), with Huanghuali (a type of rosewood) grown to provide shade.
The family are very well respected in the local community, helping many villagers with education and healthcare, which is hugely valued in this remote area. They have also developed a close relationship with pickers from the Lahu tribe, many of whom come across the border from Myanmar before the Spring Festival to work as temporary labourers.Workers at the mill are mainly full-time employees with monthly salaries and bonuses given if the quality of the coffee is high. Mr Li and his family have been growing and processing commercial-grade coffee for over 20 years, typically selling to Nestle, Starbucks and Taiwan. The focus on speciality is less than 5 years old, yet the commitment to quality combined with higher than average elevation means it is producing some excellent washed lots.
Sweet and fresh coffee. Particularly in fragrance, we can find notes of dried peaches and dried fruit. Once it comes into contact with water it becomes spicier as we can find notes of black pepper and cardamom. It is a coffee with balanced malic acidity that reminds us of a green apple.
- Origin: China
- Process: Washed
- Variety: Catimor
- Tasting Notes: Dried peaches, green apple, nutty