Mr Li, a coffee farmer in Yunnan China stands in front of the wet mill where the process coffee cherries, into green coffee beans.
Mr Li and Tim Heinze of Yunnan Coffee Traders inspecting coffee cherry pods during the drying process.  The green coffee beans are being dried inside of the coffee fruit on a cement patio in Yunnan China.  This dry, or natural drying process is known for imparting more body, sweetness and fruit flavor into the beans.
Dan Streetman, and Tim Heinze on a terraced coffee farm in Yunnan China.  On this farm, they have intercropped tea trees, and coffee plants to diversify their income.
China Yunnan Kaku Natural

China Yunnan Kaku Natural

Regular price $6.50

Savory and rich coffee with full body, and deep complexity.  For low acid, deep rich lovers, that want to add some character to their cup, this is a rare find.  So often, coffees with any fruit component are dominated by florals and acidity, but this one has the base notes to really make a rich and full cup.

Roast Recipe, Behmor Machines
Batch Size: 12 oz (340 g) or ~2 cups of green coffee beans
Press These Buttons to Start: 1, Reduce time to 16:30, Start, P5, D
Approx. Start of First Crack: 2:00 on the timer

Press These Buttons During the Roast: 

  • At the start of First Crack, Press P4 and roast for 0:30
  • When the timer reads 1:30, Press P3 
Cooling Method: Open Door
Result: Medium Roast coffee beans

China has been quietly lurking on the international coffee scene.  This farm, started by the Li family is one of the few multi-generational coffee farms in China.  They've endured, and become fantastic producers in the process.  It wasn't until around 2018 that coffee from China got any attention from specialty buyers, but that is quickly changing.  The region of Yunnan, known for Pu-er tea production, is leading the way for China's emerging coffee growers.  With ambition, and no old culture to cling to, innovation is the name of the game, as producers experiment with processing, optical sorting of cherry, and intercropping.

Country China
Recommended Roast Level Medium-Dark Roast
Tasting Notes Peanut Butter, Milk Chocolate, Prune
Process Natural
Density, g/L 722
Product Type Green (Raw, Unroasted) Coffee Beans
Species Coffea arabica
Varietal(s) Catimor