Producer: Su Su Aung
Process: Black honey
Elevation: 1100-1352 masl
Variety: Catuai, Costa Rica, SL34, S795
Roast Level: Medium Light
Tastes Like: Dark Chocolate, Red Apple
Su Su Aung grew up in Ywangan, and got her start in coffee as a broker in the local market. She originally sold coffee to Chinese brokers at low prices, but she was interested in improving the quality of the coffee she bought, so she could pay growers more for cherry. In 2015, she participated in the Winrock/CQI project, and learned how to produce high quality naturals. Motivated by the potential of better coffee as a means to strengthening her community, Su Su Aung organized groups of women who were producing coffee, and shared her new knowledge with them. Out of this effort grew Su Su Aung’s milling and export company, Amayar – a name that means noble lady and is famed for wisdom.
Besides providing excellent natural coffees to the market, Su Su Aung provides significant support to the women working with her company, giving loans to farmers who couldn’t get bank loans, and providing material support as needed. By 2018, Amayar had its own processing, milling operation and cupping lab, and had become a tremendous resource and source of pride for the Ywangan community. Su Su Aung prides herself on offering 10% of her profits to community efforts that include pre/post-natal training for young mothers, and food safety courses for families.
Due to military violence in Myanmar, the trade agreement between Myanmar and US was suspended last year. We were able to get a few bags through our importer, Atlas, and we are glad that we were able to support an amazing project like Amayar and women like Su Su Aung. Our hearts go out to these amazing farmers whose livelihoods have been disrupted and we hope that we will be able to support them again in the future.