31 Jan '14, 6pm

How GMCR Could Help Revitalize Burma’s “Weird” Coffee Industry

How GMCR Could Help Revitalize Burma’s “Weird” Coffee Industry

My time was spent on two large estates and with small-scale farmers. One of the estates was probably the most sustainable coffee farm I have been on. It is powered by its own small hydro-electric plant; it captures methane via bio-digesters and uses the gas to cook meals on the farm; it grows organic coffee under canopies of shade provided by silver oak, rubber, mango, and macadamia trees – all additional sources of income. It sun dries its coffee on screened beds that are placed on a well-marked patio. Workers return year after year because they are treated fairly, the yields are high, the quality appears to be good, and the soil was in great shape due to the beautiful “black gold” compost that the farm produces. Most of the coffee is either used domestically or exported to Chinese traders (the only option in this area). The traders offer one price regardless of quality, ...

Full article: http://dailycoffeenews.com/2014/01/31/how-gmcr-could-help...

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