Tha Pye Gone, Myanmar 2017
Tha Pye Gone is a rural community in Myanmar, located in the hills outside of Nyuang Shwe. Last year marked the first time the community exported their coffee, and again this year the entire Tha Pye Gone harvest is available exclusively through Little City.
This coffee is naturally processed on raised beds, and the flavor profile evokes pineapple, oolong tea, and dry cocoa.
The Tha Pye Gone community exports its coffee through Behind the Leaf, formerly Lilypad, an organization that works to improve the livelihoods of those in rural Myanmar through economic opportunity and access to clean drinking water. Melanie Edwards, director of Behind the Leaf, was a participant in Little City’s Port to Cup Tour, an opportunity for coffee growers from Myanmar and the Philippines to visit roasters and supply chain partners in the U.S. to learn more about the path of their own product after export.
Melanie and her colleagues were inspired to partner with the Pa-O people in Tha Pye Gone to help share their coffee with the world and provide a sustainable source of income. Among other traditions, the Pa-O people are known for their colorful headdress, which represents the head of the dragon from which all Pa-O people are descendents — a legend passed from generation to generation.
Little City’s Joel Shuler has continued his work with several international aid organizations, including USAID, Winrock International, and the Coffee Quality Institute to help establish quality control systems for coffee growers in Myanmar. Through a grant provided by USAID this year, the Behind the Leaf Community Growers received new wet and dry mills to enhance their coffee processing.
Explore below more info about the Melanie Edwards, the coffee grower, and photos from the community.