We will soon know if coffee crops can thrive on the roof of the world, as Tibet has begun experimenting with coffee plantation. Experts supervised locals to plant 500 grams of coffee seeds from Yunnan Province in a seven-square-meter field in Zayu County, Dawa Toinzhub, deputy head of the county’s agriculture and animal husbandry bureau said on Thursday [2 June 2016]. The seedlings have grown well since planting a month ago, the official said, and if the experiment is successful, coffee crops will be grown elsewhere in Tibet…Full Article: The Global Times June 2016

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  • The trial coffee plantation in Zayu County, southeastern Tibet (bordering Burma, India, and Yunnan Province), is being managed by agricultural officials from Tibet, Yunnan Province, and Hainan Island.

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  • Yunnan province has three main coffee growing regions, with Dehong (bordering Burma) and Pu’er (bordering Burma, Laos, and Vietnam) being the most developed. Dehong Hogood Coffee Company is the primary buyer of Dehong coffee while Switzerland’s Nestle is a major purchaser of Pu’er beans (south of Dehong).
  • In 2013, Yunnan Province produced almost 100,000 MTs of coffee or approximately 98% of China’s total output.
  • In 2012, China produced approximately 70,000 MTs of green (raw) coffee.
  • Coffee production in China is focused on Yunnan province, which accounted for more than 90% of China’s output in 2012. In 2009, Guangdong province halted coffee production, while Hainan Island produces ~440 MTs annually.

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