Farmers, Roasters, Baristas

December 26, 2016 2016年12月26日

At the end of an unkempt highway lies a series of dirt roads that snake into rows of single-story warehouses. Crunching gravel and the hum of loaded trucks are drowned out by a single scent that wafts longingly through Kunming’s crisp afternoon air. Curious neighbours curve their heads around the corner to find a young engineer pouring fresh coffee beans into a roaring roasting machine. Taking ten minutes to roast, the hand-picked coffee beans from Yunnan’s sun-kissed mountaintops evolve from a natural moss green to a dark and rich whiskey brown.


The best of Yunnan’s coffee trees are tucked away in the mountains of Baoshan, an hour and a half by air out of Kunming, Yunnan’s capital. Typica remains one of the most highly sought after breed of Arabica, growing tall and temperamental amongst the fringes of farming communities. Three years ago—before the boom of specialty coffee in China—coffee beans were almost considered to be a negative resource. Lanna Coffee founder Bryan Ra began to experiment with Yunnan-grown beans after moving to Kunming in 2010. At the time, veteran farmer Ms. Yang was days away from unearthing her plantation of Typica plants in favour of fruit trees. If not for his timely partnership with the loyal matriarch of Typica, one of Yunnan’s largest coffee farms would cease to exist today.

在云南,最为上乘的咖啡树藏身于保山地区的群山之中,从云南首府昆明出发,需要乘坐一个半小时的飞机才能到达。铁皮卡仍然是最备受追捧的阿拉比卡咖啡豆品种,这种咖啡豆种植于农业区域边缘高高的咖啡树上,栽培难度很大。三年前——在中国精品咖啡流行之前——咖啡豆可以说一直被视为是一种无益的资源。杨女士是一名有着多年农业种植经验的农民。还有几天,她就要开始开垦她的铁皮卡咖啡豆种植园。她最终选择了种植咖啡豆,而放弃了种植水果。在2010年 兰纳咖啡创始人Bryan Ra搬到昆明生活后,成为了首批尝试云南咖啡豆的人。如果他没有与这名坚持种植铁皮卡咖啡豆的女种植园主及时达成合作,云南其中一个最大的咖啡豆种植园今天可能已经不复存在。

“When we first started coming [to Baoshan, Yunnan], there was nobody else. We scouted from farm to farm until we found Ms. Yang, and we started working with her because she grew the best coffee beans. Five years later, everyone, all the big guys—Starbucks, Nespresso, Costa—they’re all here and vying for a piece of Yunnan coffee. But it feels good to know that we were here first and because of that, we get to give our customers the very best cup.”

“当我们刚开始来到这里 (云南,保山) 的时候,还没有其他人来这里买咖啡豆。我们一个个农场地去走访,直到我们找到了杨女士,然后我们开始和她进行合作,因为她能种出品质最佳的咖啡豆。”五年后,所有人,所有的大型咖啡商——Starbucks,Nespresso,Costa——他们都来到了这里,争着购买云南咖啡。但是我们很高兴我们是首先发掘到这个地方的人,正因为如此,我们才能够给我们的顾客提供最好的咖啡。“

Fast forward to today. In a little lane house that’s nestled amongst titan skyscrapers in the heart of Shanghai is where visitors can find Lanna Coffee, their sole coffee shop and the heart of their business that powers the surrounding suits and coffee enthusiasts with quality brew. This tiny café is manned by experienced baristas who charm and delight, greeting customers by name.


Regulars have their coffee orders confirmed and made upon arrival with nothing more than a familiar glance and a comforting smile. The term “farm-to-cup” is coined from farm-to-table cuisine and is appropriately displayed on their walls – it’s truly the most sincere embodiment of the company’s ethos. Farmers, roasters, baristas—from Yunnan to Shanghai—they’re all working together to put Lanna’s specialty Chinese coffee on the map.


Instagram: @lannacoffee


8 Yuyuan East Road
Jing An, Shanghai
People’s Republic of China

Monday – Friday, 8am ~ 7pm
Weekends, 10am ~ 7pm


Contributor & Photographer: Whitney Ng

Instagram: @lannacoffee



周一至周五, 早上8点至晚上7点
周末, 早上10点至晚上7点


供稿人与摄影师: Whitney Ng

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