Producer Profile: Sithar

Name of Farm
Arabica Variety
Type of Processing/Milling
Altitude in Meters Above Sea Level
Sithar Coffee Estate
Pyin Oo Lwin
SL34 and Catimor
Washed and Natural
Other Cupping  Notes
Fruit, Citrus
Lime, Passion Fruit, Papaya
Tea-like High N/A N/A

The main varietals grown at Sithar are SL34, Catimore and S795 with Coffee Quality Institute’s cup Q-score above 83. Sithar is the largest investor of Mandalay Coffee Group (processing plant and USAID sponsored cupping lab) Sithar promotes women’s group in coffee industry of Myanmar and employs industry’s top notch roasting technology from Dietrich. Besides producing coffee on its own plantation (40 acres with 40,000 coffee trees planted), Sithar buys coffees from other smallholders and resell it in domestic market for coffee shops across Myanmar. The proper picking is paramount for Sithar where only ripe cherries handpicked in order to preserve the aroma and taste of the terroir. Sithar uses fully washed process with natural and honey process initiated as well to highlight flavors of the origin. Fermentation process if carefully monitored to avoid any undesirable off flavors where after the fact they are naturally sun dried to moisture level of 11-12%. Sithar’s farm natural forest serves as shade protection for coffee trees while only bio-fertilizers are used without any chemical impact.

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