Imperial Jade is the product of my passion for coffee combined with a long-held fascination in the raw mystique of China’s natural existence.

From the founder of Imperial Jade, Henry Every

My first encounter with Yunnan coffee was in 2018, during my travels around China. That first cup of Yunnan coffee was one of the most memorable cups I’ve ever had, and upon returning home to the UK I searched far and wide for this bean that had left such a memory on my palate, yet my search yielded few results.

I took it upon myself to source this coffee directly from the farms in Yunnan and create the opportunity to share its unique characteristics far and wide amongst the community of coffee lovers and caffeine fanatics in the UK. 

And so began my journey into the intricate world of coffee.

I’ve always enjoyed a good cup of coffee, yet I never really had any idea about what went into producing it – nor did I really give it that much thought come to think of it… I certainly had my work cut out for me!

Naturally, I began my research where the entire process begins: the farms. I scoured the internet for any and all information relating to coffee, from the climate to the soil; from the cherry to the cup. 

Yunnan Coffee Cherries

As I gained a further understanding of the coffee process, I was preparing to take the next step and make contact with a coffee farm in Yunnan. 

After a fair while of searching, and with a bit of help from a quality tester based in China, I finally settled on a smallholding in Baoshan that had earned high praise from my tester. 

Whilst preparing to place an order from ZhiXiang Estate for a tasting sample to try the coffee for myself, the UK was thrown into lockdown as the scale of 2020’s pandemic was realised.

It was a few months later when I finally had the opportunity to experience ZhiXiang Estate’s coffee, creating a moment that won’t soon be forgotten.

From that cup of coffee, a sensation of clarity washed over me, enveloping my tongue with an influx of complex flavour notes and encompassing my mind with new inspiration. 

The wait was over, and the real adventure had begun!  




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