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Bronze Medal in 2019 Australian International Coffee Awards

We got a pleasant surprise today when we were contacted by Seven Miles Roasters in Australia to let us know that a honey processed organic coffee that we sold them from Yirong Manor in Menglian had won a bronze medal in the 2019 Australian International Coffee Awards! The competition was for single origin espressos and included coffees from all around the world. What is particularly exciting about this is that we were the only Chinese origin coffee on the list in a competition that rarely features China as an origin. A huge thanks and congratulations to our friends at Seven...

Brazilian Coffee meets China Coffee

Today we had a great meeting with Felipe Peixoto dos Santos (Yunnique Trading Company), who is importing specialty, single origin Brazilian coffees into China. He has left us a COE natural process coffee that we will be cupping when our team gets back from Hotelex in Shanghai. Looking forward to it! While Felipe was here, we wanted to see how a Brazilian, from the land of coffee, would enjoy our flower coffees. We prepared a Jasmine coffee blend for him to try and he left us with the following comments: I have tried for the first time the jasmine drip...

A Visit from India’s Ekata Coffee

Last week at the Pu'er coffee expo, we met up with Shameel CP from Ekata Coffee in India. They are a producer of high quality, organic and specialty robusta and arabica coffees. Their honey process robusta and organic natural arabica were both used by the runner up in India's National Barista Championship earlier this year. This afternoon he paid us a visit in Kunming to join us for a cupping of two natural arabicas, a washed robusta and a honey process robusta. Look forward to offering them to ManLao River's customers over the next few months. Shameel also tried our...

Discovering, Appreciating & Loving Coffee in China

As an expat in China, I spent many years struggling to find great coffee. Most was over roasted and often the beans were of an inferior quality, making it difficult to do anything good with them. Luckily, through my time in Kunming, I happened across a few cafes that sold fantastic coffees. To my surprise, I later found out that they were all supplied by ManLao River. When the opportunity to work with ManLoa River emerged, I jumped at being a part of such a great operation. Producing and roasting coffee is a real art that requires strict quality control...

STiR: Coffee with Chinese Characteristics

There is a great article in this month's issue of STiR about the changing preferences of Chinese coffee consumers. Our own head roaster, Joy Chen, provided feedback for story and it was great to read what our friends in coffee around the country were also thinking. Like so many things in China, the coffee consumption preferences are developing at an astonishing rate. It is amazing to think back to just a few short years ago when it was almost impossible to get a good specialty coffee in a Chinese cafe. Now it seems that the standards that Chinese consumers require...

IWCA Coffee Cupping

The International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is a fantastic organisation that promotes sustainable coffee and supports women's issues in coffee communities around the world. We recently had the privilege of cupping 15 coffees produced by IWCA supporting coffee estates around the world. We always love cupping good coffee, but it is always nice to know that what we are doing is a part of something bigger. Thank you to all the women who made this fantastic afternoon possible.

To Russia with Love

Today we sent our first ever coffee to Russia. Looking forward to hearing their reaction to the flavours of our French Roast Yunnan Coffee.

What is the best way to drink coffee as you travel around the world?

With hundreds of standard coffee drinks on the market, no one would fault you for sticking to what you enjoy. As is the case with so many of the things we consume, trying out the local difference can be the difference between a drink that is sufficient to meet your caffeine requirements and one that really shows off something special about the local tastes and culture. Why not enjoy a cup of Yunnan coffee on your next trip to China.

4th Yunnan Coffee Cup China Brewing Contest Kunming Round & 1st Kunming Speciality Coffee Culture Festival

From October 26th to 28th, the 4th Yunnan Coffee Cup China Brewing Contest Kunming Round and the First Yunnan Speciality Coffee Culture Festival was hosted by the Yunnan Provincial Department of Agriculture, China Coffee Alliance, Shanghai Café Competition Communication Co., Ltd. Eighteen coffee brewing masters were selected to compete for the chance at to compete in this year's China Brewing Contest Finals in Lincan. The contestants used different grinds, measurements, water temperature, water-powder ratio and extraction time to highlight their chosen producing areas and estates. In a departure from previous years, this year's coffee brewing competition will be incorporated into the...

China Food & Catering Expo

This week we have been in Changsha at the China Food & Cater Expo. We took up a booth with the China Coffee League to hand out samples of ManLao River Coffee. Tony came along with us and was a hero of coffee brewing over the three long days of the expo. As well as the expo, we also attended the Coffee and Drink Branding Development Summit Forum where we heard from some of the biggest brands in Chinese coffee. It was really interesting to hear their perspectives on where the industry and consumer preferences are heading. We also ate...

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