We began setting up Indochina Coffee in 2015 with three clear aims: 1) to source outstanding specialty coffee in Southeast Asia and bring it to the UK; 2) to work with producers in the region to improve the quality of their coffee and 3) to bring roasters and producers closer together.
Of all the coffee-producing countries in Southeast Asia, there’s no denying that there’s a palpable buzz about Myanmar (Burma) right now. It’s amazing to think that the first exports – to the US specialty coffee market – only started last year.
As soon as the Yunnan coffees that we’ve managed to get hold of are cupped by those who know their beans, attitudes begin to shift very quickly. Sometimes dismissive at first, those who try these coffees are often clearly surprised…then intrigued…and then converted.