Agriculture Myanmar coffee

Sawbwa coffee in Shan State: from poppy to coffee

Coffee, one of the world’s most consumed beverages, is most commonly associated with South America and Africa. But that is slowly and surely changing.

Long grown in Shan State, Myanmar’s beans are slowly gaining recognition among the worldwide coffee community, even winning prizes in international competitions.

Arabica beans, the strand which is grown by most Myanmar coffee farmers, needs high altitudes and temperatures between 15 to 24 degree Celsius. This comes as a perfect match for the Shan Highland, where the average elevation is around 1,000m and temperatures run cooler than most of Southeast Asia’s humid climate.

Read on to find out more about this globally prized crop cultivated in Shan State and how it is changing the lives of villagers.

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