China Banka Natural
This year we bought two coffees from China - same farm, same producer, different processing method. This one is the Natural. Expect a full bodied and rich cup with lots of juiciness and fruit.
Banka farm and washing station is based in Menglian Dai, Lahu and Va Autonomous County, Yunnan and is named after the two adjacent villages (Banka Yi and Banka Er) where the coffee cherry is grown and harvested.
The wet mill is owned by Yunnan Coffee Traders, who also partly own the Banka farm. The farm itself is around 100ha and has begun planting new varieties of coffee uncommon to the region, such as Pacamara and Yellow Bourbon, and have recently begun experimenting with different processing methods.
Cherries are run through a (wet) optical colour sorter, and then fermented in cherry for two days. Finally, they are spread and dried on raised beds on the drying patio.