A History of Yunnan

Most of China’s coffee is grown in the Yunnan province; bordering the coffee-rich countries of Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. Coffee was introduced to this region by french missionary Tian De Neng in 1904 who introduced a few plants to Yunnan in hopes to be able to have a small cup of coffee a day. Coffee was again introduced on a smaller, more experimental scale with plants from Burma. But It wasn’t until 1989, when Nestle planted the rust resistant Catimor varieties throughout Yunnan, that coffee was turned into a major cash crop for China. Today, 98% of coffee in China is produced in Yunnan in roughly 90,000 hectares of land, producing around 100,000 metric tons of coffee annually.

CQI joined forces in 2015 with the Yunnan Coffee Exchange and other in country partners as well as government programs to help improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it.


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