Sharing a border with Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar, Yunnan is a huge province in south-central China with the area that is about 1.2 times the size of Malaysia in comparison.
Coffee Production in Yunnan
Producing 95% of China’s coffee, this single province effectively placed the country as the 14th-largest producer in the world, outranking traditional coffee countries like Costa Rica and Kenya.
It is said that coffee was first introduced in Yunnan province in 1892 by a French missionary who brought seeds into the village of Zhuku, Binchuan, in the prefecture of Dali where it is still grown today.
Yunnan has a favorable mountainous geography, fertile soil and temperate climate that is perfect for growing Arabica coffee.
The predominant coffee growing areas in Yunnan are Pu’er, Baoshan and Dehong.
The extremely mountainous Pu’er prefecture– known globally for its fermented teas – produces the best quality of coffee beans and is also an important distribution center.