Yangon Chief Minister Apologizes to Military Chief

YANGON — Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein apologized to the Myanmar Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing for comments that the military called confrontational. The chief minister said there were no civil-military relations in the democratic era and that the military’s commander-in-chief was the same as the level of director-general according to the […]

US to Give $150k of Equipment to Coffee Growers in Shan Township

​​ The United States Agency for Inter­national Develop­ment (USAID) will offer $150,000 worth of equip­ment to help coffee culti­vators in southern Shan state, an industry official has said. U Ye Myint, chairman of Myanmar Coffee Associa­tion (MCA), said the pro­gram will help growers in Ywar Ngan township. “The United States is the only country helping […]

Coffee Not caffeine, Say Industry Experts

Look out Colombia. And stand back, Brazil: Myanmar coffee is coming. Though coffee has been grown in this country for 100 years, production volumes were low and the quality was hidden under a bushel. But now international aficionados are starting to take Myanmar seriously as a producer of first-class joe. Marcelo A Pereira Magnere, a […]

Myanmar moves to jump start coffee cultivation

Demand for coffee is booming in an increasingly caffeinated world, and although Myanmar is capable of producing international-quality product it has neglected the crop for years. But agricultural ministry officials are hoping to develop a coordinated strategy to ramp up production and connect cultivators with world markets. Myanmar has been growing coffee for years but in relatively […]

Following Groundbreaking Development, Burmese Coffee Arrives on US Soil

Following two years of development, Burmese specialty coffee is officially alive and thriving in the U.S. consumer market. Last week, representatives of Winrock International, USAID and the Coffee Quality Institute — three partners in the Myanmar coffee initiative under the U.S. Government’sFeed the Future program — gathered to celebrate with a public cupping at the 900 6th St. location of La Colombe Coffee Roasters in […]

Myanmar Coffee Will Hit Whole Foods As an Economic Opening Continues

Poor diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Myanmar had made traders cautious, until recently. Two shipments of coffee beans from Myanmar arrived in the United States this month, the first commercial-scale imports in over 15 years and the fruits of a U.S. government development program for farmers in the once-isolated southeast Asian economy. The two […]

Myanmar’s coffee growers bank on specialty niche

MANDALAY, Myanmar — When Tin Win Win opened Fuji Coffee House and Restaurant in Yangon in 1996, she had to make special trips abroad to source quality coffee beans. “She used to hand carry back Brazilian and African beans and process them with a mini-roaster,” recalled her son, Thu Zaw, who now heads the family’s […]

Myanmar Coffee Association holding 2nd Annual Coffee Cupping Competition competition

The Myanmar Coffee Association (MCA) is holding the 2nd Annual Certified Coffee Cupping Competition in Pyin Oo Lwin from March 12-16 at the Mandalay Coffee Group Co. Ltd.’s processing plant, Anisakan, Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay-Lashio By-Pass Road, Mandalay Division, according to NGO Winrock International, on 14 March. Up to 60 coffee samples submitted by farmers […]

Start-up competition gets going in Yangon

More than 200 people came to participate in a StartUp Challenge hosted by downtown innovation lab Phandeeyar on November 14, with entrepreneurs looking to launch businesses in e-commerce, mobile and more. The nine-day event, held in conjunction with Myanmar’s fourth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, urges budding entrepreneurs to turn brainstorms into businesses. It also gives […]

Doing good in Myanmar is a murky business for foreign aid groups tied to powerful elites

YANGON, Myanmar – Staff hired to work with the U.S. government’s aid agency in Myanmar are preparing to move out of their office following revelations their landlord is a notorious former spymaster who oversaw the imprisonment and torture of thousands of pro-democracy activists. The debacle surrounding Development Alternatives Inc., a company contracted by USAID to […]