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Myanmar's coffee growers bank on specialty niche

Coffee plants among the trees at the Sithar coffee estate in Pyin Oo Lwin, with the estate's manager. (Photo by Peter Janssen)

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 Sithar Coffee Company.

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