The A78D lot is from a farm called Banka in the Menglian region of Yunnan partially developed by Mr. Hu. He oversaw the operations of the Banka wet mill and worked alongside the villagers in the area to produce specialty coffee on Banka's land. In 2018, Yunnan Coffee Traders took over the management of the Banka wet mill and a portion of the Banka farm, some 100 hectares of land. The A78D represents coffee from 30 hectares of this land located near the village of “AQicDu.”
During processing, the cherries from A78D are run through an optical cherry color sorter. The cherries are then placed in water and floaters are removed. Next, the cherries are bagged for 48 hours before they begin drying. During the drying process, the cherries are then put inside of a solar dryer on raised beds for roughly 20 days, and are turned 6 times every day. Once the cherries are dried, they are bagged and taken to the dry milled in Pu’er city for hulling at a high-end mill.
Images by Bryon Lippincott for Yunnan Coffee Traders