Myanmar Coffee History

Myanmar coffee backgroud:

  • Missionaries initiated coffee growing in Myanmar in 1885 at Myeik and Dawei.
  • Kayin State (Thaung Daung area) established coffee farms at the same time and produced Robusta coffee which still continues to the present day.
  • Catholic  missionaries introduced Arabica coffee in 1930 to Southern Shan State. Northern Shan State and in Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly known as May Myo).
  • From 1930 to 1934, a large (120 acre) Arabica coffee plantation called "Chaungwe" was established at Naung Cho township of Northern Shan State.
  • By 1935/36, the total Myanmar coffee production was 268 tons with exports at 175 tons. Roasted ground coffee production was 108 tons.
  • In 1968 to 1994, Ministry of Industry 1 managed the coffee state farms, especially the Chaungwe(NaungCho township), Pwe Daung(Pyin Oo Lwin township).
  • In 1998, the GOM Heads of Stat laid down a strategy to extend cultivated areas of Arabica coffee up to 100,000 acres.
  • Suitable areas of 50,000 acres in Mandalay division (around Pyin Oo Lwin) and Northern Shan state (around Naung Cho) were selected.
  • In 1994, Ministry of Agriculture & Irrigation, carried out the cultivation and production of the crop where it remains to the present day.
  • At the end of 2005, the total planting of coffee was 35,485 acres.
  • As quality of the coffee bean is important, there will be the best yielding, best quality varieties 

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  • 13 Nanda Street, 6 Ward, Pyin Oo Lwin Township, 
    Mandalay Division, Myanmar

  • +95 9 2011489

  • koyemyint@gmail.com

  • www.myanmarcoffeeassociation.org