The six containers of coffee, worth about US$ 850,000, will be exported to countries like Korea, Japan and China, which have high interest in Myanmar coffee due its organic harvesting and production methods.
Genius Coffee will export the coffee beans in cooperation with two other companies. Samples will be shipped out by January, followed by two containers in March and the remaining by early May.
More beans will exported if the buyers are happy with the samples and ask to buy more.
The coffee beans will be served at cafes. “It is an opportunity for Myanmar to showcase the quality of its coffee to the world,” U Ngwe Tun said.
He added that there is also demand for roasted Myanmar beans. “We were unable to export roasted beans in the quantity demanded so we are selling raw beans first. We will be more prepared to export roasted beans in the future,” he said.
Currently, local producers are able to produce about a tonne of roasted coffee per day.
“Also, roasted coffee needs to be exported quickly, if not, the quality won’t be good. The buyers will only agree to importing Myanmar roasted coffee beans if we can roast enough beans to fill a container in two days,” U Ngwe Tun said.
With existing capacity, it will take local producers two weeks to meet that demand.
Still, international interest is growing.
“The overseas market for Myanmar coffee was very small before. Now, we are receiving offers to buy coffee samples which will help to introduce Myanmar coffee overseas,” he said.
Myanmar coffee is gaining in popularity after receiving acclamation in international coffee fairs this year. – Translated
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