Rare & Exotic: China - Yunnan Natural 12oz WHOLE BEAN

Rare & Exotic:Organic Guiben Catimor Natural 

Country: China 

Region: Xishuangbanna / Yunnan Province

Cultivar:  Catimor (Caturra x Hybrido De Timor) 

Process: Natural Process

Roast: Light

Sensory Notes: Notes of Cherry, Grapefruit & Pineapple lead to soft tones of clover honey and black tea - supported by vanilla and milk chocolate. A delightful and exotic coffee from a unique origin famous for tea cultivation & production.

Recommended Brew Method: Chemex or Single Cup Pour Over 21g coffee, 12oz water, 201F. 

Origin Detail:

China is a relative newcomer to the Specialty Coffee scene. Although some coffee has been produced in China since the late 1800’s (having been brought there by French missionaries), production at scale did not begin until the 1980’s. In a relatively short period of time — with the help of investment from the Chinese Government, the United Nations and a large coffee-roasting company — the country has made great strides. By 2016 China was counted among the top 20 global producers.

What's more, internal consumption in China is growing rapidly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 2023/24 consumption at 5 million bags, making it the seventh-largest consuming country worldwide. Specialty Coffee culture is booming, creating an added driver toward increasing quality.

Coffee production takes place in the western Yunnan province, as well as in Pu’er, Baoshan, Dehong and Menglian. Most of the coffee produced in China is washed, however natural and honey processes can also be found.


Guiben is a family-owned farm located in Yiwu Xishuangbanna. It was started by Tiancai, one of the leaders at Yunnan Coffee Traders, who started his career as a roaster before moving into farm management. As Tiancai's knowledge of Specialty Coffee has increased, so has his desire to do something unique with coffee. He works with the farm manager, Mr. Chen, to produce washed, honey and naturals.

Guiben produces only 8 tons of coffee per year. Local tribes are employed as pickers in the Xishuangbanna region. At Guiben, the Akha, Dai and Lahu tribes harvest the coffee cherry. Guiben’s washed coffee is pulped and dry-fermented for 18 hours. Next, the coffee is run through density channels and subsequently spread out on patios to dry for approximately 5 to 8 days.

This natural processed coffee is dried on raised African style drying beds for 4 to 5 weeks.

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