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Adventure, tips and coffee - Pyin Oo Lwin
Myanmar, Pyin Oo Lwin - So what do you ask? And coffee Coffee Coffee. It' the truth if you've never been to Myanmar, other places like Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay may come to you first. There are other very unique places not to be missed and Pyin Oo Lwin became one of my favourite places in Myanmar after just one visit.
The Pyin Oo Lwin or Pyin U Lwin (also known as Maymyo ) is located in the Shan Highlands, only 67 km eastern of Mandalay, at an elevation of 1,070 metres. It takes about one and a half hours from Mandalay Int'l Airporto to Pyin Oo Lwin. On a very special quest to see a coffeeplantation, I visited Pyin Oo Lwin.
It was interesting for me to learn a little more about where the astonishing cup of tea I have every day comes from. Express roasting comes from the Shan Highlands and the proprietor of the Sithar coffees, Thu Zaw, was so friendly and courteous. Coordinating that I would leave when he was there, I was able to get a walk around his coffeehouse and a one-time trip to the co-operative to which he and his firm belong.
While concentrating on this astonishing cup of tea, I can't miss out on some of the other things I've experienced in this delightful city. Whenever I went on the premises, I felt like I was going to a place of my own - I will come back. It is an astonishing place with over 450 kinds of plants, bushes and flower.
I didn't stay much at Chan Tak, the ancient China sanctuary, but it was on its way to find George Orwell's home, whose first station in Myanmar was Pyin Oo Lwin (then known as Maymyo ) as an emperor's policeman in 1922! Can' t suggest enough to just walk a few hrs around Purcell Tower, visit the nearby stores (maybe go into one and look at all the pullovers that are actually made in Pyin oo Lwin) and then go to the Pyin Oo Lwin bazaar... there are lots of eating stands around the bazaar, there are old farmhouses to see, and around the edge I even tripped over a mad animal mall.
So, I encountered Thu Zaw in his home dining and cafe, Pan Taw Win, which also houses the most astonishing flower store, with all types of flower and lovely garden where you can indulge in the best culinary coffees you can find in Myanmar, and if you have a weakness for cheesecake, you're lucky.
But I think he valued my excitement and while I had a capuccino that was heavenly, we also made a real cup of coffees, where the coffees were grinded and toasted right in front of us before they were filtrated and tasted........that's something everyone should participate in if you want to enjoy what you have.
Mr Thu Zaw said that the 48 ha are not enough room for his demands and he wants the authorities to make more farmland available for the cultivation of beans. It' great to run through the coffeeplants. And embedded in a small glade around the shrubs and coffe eplants, a breathtaking little retreat home overlooking a pond..... a 5-minute stroll through the orchard, on a small trail, leads you directly to the lakes.
The next stop was the tour of the co-operative, of which Sithar is a member. They let me see the specialized, international accredited café test laboratory, but I wasn't permitted to take any photos, except for the beginner café table like myself! MCG (Mandalay Café Group) has some 50 members who last year purchased a grinder and other treatment facilities to extract the beans from the cherries.
It was quite a pleasure and privileged to have the whole trial interpreted by someone who knows best about it. Many thanks to Thu Zaw, CEO of Sithar, for making the Pwin Oo Lwin experience a very unique experience.