Join the Bettr crew on a 4D/3N specialty coffee and cultural immersion experience in Ywar Ngan, Myanmar. More than just a farm visit and coffee processing, you’ll get to engage and connect with the people behind fellow award-winning social enterprise, Genius Shan Highlands Coffee.

Upcoming trip dates:

  • 19-22 February 2019

  • 25-28 February 2019

Part social and cultural immersion, part specialty coffee learning - in collaboration with our friends from Genius Coffee. This trip has been 3 years in the making and I am looking forward to sharing a really meaningful experience and programme with you.
— Shaun Ong, Lead Trainer, Bettr Barista Coffee Academy
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Coffee & Culture - Ywar Ngan Immersion Experience

SGD $850 (twin sharing) / $950 (private room) per person (excluding GST)*

*Promotional Pricing for bettr students/alumni includes:

  • Return domestic flights between Yangon and Ywar Ngan
    (participants are responsible for their own international flight reservations into Yangon)

  • 3 nights lodging in Ywar Ngan

  • All ground transportation in Ywar Ngan

  • All meals in Ywar Ngan (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)

    Please read all Terms & Conditions below before booking.

    booking deadline: Sunday 10 February 2019

Programme Content


Introduction to Origin

  • Shan Highlands: People and livelihood

  • Socioeconomic impact of coffee

Wet Mill & Dry Mill Tour

  • Types of pulpers

  • Fermentation tanks

  • Washing channels

  • Defect sorting

Farm Tour

  • Organic, subsistence farming

  • Catimor, yellow catuai and geisha varietals


  • Cupping of samples from Myanmar (approximately 2 months post-trip)

Hands-on experience

Cherry picking and sorting

  • Brix and colour correlation scale

  • Picking and sorting methods


  • Calibration of pulper

  • Understanding different pulper setups


  • Wet and dry fermentation, fermentation in-bag/in-cherry, fermentation with yeast

  • Monitoring of fermentation


  • Fast and slow drying

  • Monitoring of moisture and temperature


Daily Wet Mill Tasks

  • Attachment to different local teams

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Terms & conditions

  • Bookings are to be made by 8 February 2019. There are 2 trips so please choose EITHER 19-22 Feb or 25-28 Feb.

  • 50% deposit is required to secure your booking. This deposit will be forfeited for any cancellations made after we have confirmed your trip.

  • Spaces are limited. Priority will be given to current students and alumni of Bettr Barista Coffee Academy.

  • All participants are responsible for making and paying for your own flight arrangements into Yangon either on 19 February OR 25 February 2019. All participants are to assemble at Myanmar Airport Terminal 3, Gong Cha on the day of departure (between 8-10am - TBC) in time for the afternoon flight into Ywar Ngan.

  • Participants arriving in Yangon earlier are responsible for making and paying for your own accommodation and transport to Yangon in time for the domestic departure to Ywar Ngan. Suggested accommodation in Yangon: Hotel Prime or Ten Mile Hotel. The Bettr Crew who will be in Yangon earlier will be staying at Hotel Prime (about USD40/night).

  • We recommend that participants change currency at Yangon International Airport when they arrive. The money changers in town may not accept SGD. USD is relatively common, however.

  • Accommodations, classrooms, farm visits and coffee mills are situated at high altitude - 1300masl. Day temperatures can be as low as 21 degrees Celsius and evening temperatures can be as low as 15 degrees Celsius, with wind chill. Participants are advised to bring appropriate cold weather gear, including a jacket, raincoat and hat/sunglasses for the daytime.

  • Participants with special dietary requirements are to inform us at the point of sign-up. Please note that food in Myanmar can be spicy.

About Genius Shan Highlands Coffee

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Genius Shan Highlands Coffee started processing and roasting coffee in late 2012. They have since opened a nursery for testing some of the finest varieties of Arabica from around the world and planted acres of hillside plantains. They have also opened processing and roasting facilities and a dry mill.

Genius Coffee’s growing and production is based in Ywar Ngan Township in the Southern Shan State of Myanmar. Their roasting, distribution and cafe are located in Yangon. Genius is selling its coffee in retail markets, coffee shops, hotels, the airport and at soecuak events.

Central to its business model is an ethos of social responsibility. Genius honours its famers and their families by supporting community development projects in the villages that produce Genius Coffee. Its coffee growers are members of the Danu Hill Tribe, whose farmers work the same hills as their ancestors. Their knowledge of their lands and their partnership with Genius benefit their people by bringing much needed development to their villages. They also receive competitive compensation to provide for their families and ensure positive life outcomes for their children. Genius also contributes to support local education, healthcare and forestry efforts. Genius currently employs 30 full-time staff, and has organised over 100 of Southern Shan State's farmers to grow its coffee.

Genius shan Highlands Coffee is an award winning social enterprise. It is a proud member of several international coffee organisations, including the SCA, WCR, ACE and Myanmar Coffee Association. Genius operates with an emphasis on the 3E's of rural development: Evaluation, Education and Empowerment. It runs an an ongoing crowdfunding programme for our fans who want to own a small piece of the Genius mission, as well as personal investments in Genius franchises and cash investments, as they scale up production and growth of their coffee and related value added products.

As part of its commitment to its farmers, their villages and communities, Genius Shan Highlands Coffee contributes 10% of total revenues from its coffee related business.