Coffee from Myanmar is Rare in the US Marketplace
In fact after the one offering we had from 2000, we haven't see in since! Maybe with the recent political changes it will reappear. The region has produced Robusta type low-grade coffee for a while, but arabica has only been offered for the past 2 years that I am aware of. We offer it because it is unique, has great body, and is very nice in darker roasts. The preparation is on par with Brazilian dry-processed Specialty coffees, but Myanmar doesn't really qualify as a Specialty coffee yet in my opinion ...partly because we just don't know much about subregional distinctions from Myanmar coffees ...And it is just too early to tell what cup quality this origin will be capable of producing.
Sadly, Myanmar has been under fairly authoritarian rule until recently. There were great civil rights questions looming in relation to the military powers and the ruling elite. One might assume that consuming products from Myanmar might prolong the despotic rule, and in some cases this might be true. But this was the same case in Timor, where money from the organic coop directly aided the coffee farmers and circumvented the occupying Indonesian powers. The coffee we purchase from Myanmar also comes from a farmer cooperative called Golden Trangle, which (as in East Timor) was started with US AID grant money.