Chinese coffee beans


My first time ever to try Chinese coffee!

China, we all know, is a H-U-G-E country. Some of its parts are in the colder part of the globe with snow during winter. So coffee just can’t grow there. I’ve been to Beijing once, towards the end of winter, and I still remember our guide saying, “It’s a beautiful morning. It’s warm.” And it’s something like 5 degrees Celsius! In the evening we were like -5 Celsius, we had to run from the bus to the auditorium where they hold those acrobat shows.

But on China’s southern part, it’s warm there, so coffee can grow in that tropical part. The province of Yunnan, in particular, has been known for its coffee. But China, like my beloved Philippines, is just not in the world coffee map yet. Maybe they’re not exporting yet, or maybe they’re not producing good enough coffee yet.

So I was so excited when my high school classmate Linda L. sent me a kilo of Yunnan beans, which she said she liked when she roasted it herself. (The package, sent via post office, actually also contained a smaller bag with supposedly Hawaiian Kona beans. But I doubt it’s true Kona, coz it was sold at a much cheaper price. I’ll test the “Kona” later …)

So three days ago, after being away for a month for some project, I roasted the Yunnan after I roasted some Sumatra Aceh and local Bobok beans.

The next morning, something like 8 hours after roast, I brewed it on my Aeropress. But … uh-oh … I didn’t like it at all. No body nor spirit. No punch, it doesn’t bite my tongue. So I let it rest for another day. Brewed again this morning, I’m still not happy.


Not that I’m totally dismissing Chinese coffee. I’m sure there should be some great beans there. Maybe when the specialty coffee industry start going to China to try cupping coffees from Yunnan, maybe they’ll discover some gem there.

China, as we know, now dominates the world economy. It can be a good manufacturer when it wants to. It makes  your Ipods, your laptops, your cellphones, and your other luxury items. And once it exports specialty-grade coffee, I’d like to see how it could affect the coffee market.

Meantime, no Chinese coffee for me …


3 Responses to “Chinese coffee beans”

  1. Bobby on September 21st, 2009 2:09 pm

    gave it a 2nd chance, roasted once more. still, this chinese coffee went to the neighbor, who was only too happy to accept my rejects. :D

  2. Lester Ledesma on April 23rd, 2010 2:24 am

    Maybe that was fake coffee from china? :P

  3. Bobby on April 26th, 2010 7:23 am

    pirate copy… :D

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