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Baihu Mountain

Longling County, Baoshan, Yunnan Province, China
Partner since: 2021 Traceable to: 2 collectors Altitude: 1500 MASL

Cherries are picked up from farmers by two collectors, Mr. Yi and Mr. Zhang, who deliver to the central washing station in Baoshan. Strict cherry and parchment separation ensures lot consistency across the specialty lots.

Community Context

Crop to Cup staff, based in China, works directly with various collectors in the area of Baoshan, in a far western corner of Yunnan Province, near the Myanmar border. Our 2021 import comes from two collectors, Mr. Yi and Mr. Zhang, each sourcing from roughly 100 smallholders around Baihu (White Tiger) Mountain in Longling County. Smallholders – many of them growing on terraced farm plots because of the steep slopes – supply red cherries to each collector’s washing station, where the coffee is floated, washed and dried. Each level of processing is separated out by quality levels to achieve a high level of consistency in the final export product.

Country Context

China has been growing coffee for the past several decades; however, the market has been subject to intense and unique swings. In the early 2000s the country saw a large surge in farming activity due to the general increase in coffee consumption both globally and in China. Also contributing to the sugre was at the time low cost labor and land there. Whispers of multinationals opening up large, Brazil-style commercial farms brought a rush of interest in the region’s coffee, mainly centred around the southwestern province of Yunnan, which shares borders with Myanmar and Tibet. Quickly, China’s economy caught up and with the rising cost of labor and land, coffee began to fall out of favor. What coffee remained was solidly commercial. However, Crop to Cup’s in-country staff and long history in China’s specialty coffee scene has allowed us to maintains a direct connection to both small specialty estates for microlots and more specialty focused collectors for larger imports.