Urban Dwellers Coffee – Yunnan Fuyan
I’m really excited to share this new coffee with you. It comes from an area that I didn’t expect there to be coffee farms, In the Yunnan Province in China. I never knew that coffee grew in China, so I did a little research. It turns out that there are actually three different areas in China where coffee is grown. The other two are the Fujian and Hainan Islands, which mainly produce Robusta beans. But these two islands combined only consists of about 5% of the countries coffee production.
Disclosure: Urban Dwellers Coffee provided me with a free bag of coffee, but all the opinions in this post are my own.
China has not been growing coffee for very long. It all started in the early nineteenth century when missionaries from France planted coffee trees. It took nearly 100 years for production to take off, and in 1988, coffee began to be commercially developed on a large scale. As of 2014, China has grown to exporting over 72 million kilograms of coffee per year, the majority of which are unroasted beans.
But this article isn’t about coffee production in China. It’s about the farmer who grows it, and his name is Hu Xixiang. Hu’s call to be a coffee farmer began while he was working for a rubber and tea planation. Part of his job was providing technical support on tree maintenance, soil balance, and basic plant operations. This role eventually led him to a company that was part of the first initiatives of coffee growing in the region. In 1996, Hu started his farm with seeds that were given to him by the government, and planted them on over 165 acres of land.
Hu’s business as a farmer has grown dramatically over the years, and he now oversees the production of over 700 metric tons of coffee annually. For those that don’t know what how much that actually is, it’s over 1.5 million pounds. He also has seven different coffee cooperatives that contribute to his, and he is growing coffee on nearly 1300 acres of land.
I had the opportunity to try a sample of Hu’s coffee, Yunnan Fuyan, thanks to the wonderful people at Urban Dwellers. This coffee is grown in the Yunnan province of China, on the Fuyan farm, at an altitude of roughly 1600 meters. The beans are handpicked for quality, fully washed, and sun dried to a moisture content of around 14%.
I used my trusty method to brewing, the pour over, for this coffee. The tasting notes that I got were rich, floral and chocolate at the first sips, while the cup was still pretty hot. As it started to cool down, I was able to taste a lot more floral and peach notes. The flavors in this coffee were a really great combination, and I really enjoyed it all the way to the last drop!
So what makes Urban Dwellers different from other coffee companies? That’s a tough question to answer, because there are many other companies out there that are probably pretty similar in their efforts to make a difference in the world, and to help improve the lives of people that are struggling to make a living.
Urban Dwellers Coffee has a saying “We are for profit, and work for free.” Which basically means that the money that they earn is pretty much just given away. They have made a commitment to give away up to HALF of their profits to organizations and charities that make a difference. One of their favorite organizations to give to is called One Life. The reason they do this is simple. They believe in something greater than themselves, and that one day, 100 years from now, people all over the world will be drinking their coffee.