MYANMORE Awards Cafe of the Year 2018

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Interior of Cafe Salween.

The owners of newly opened Café Salween were delighted with their victory, and told Myanmore, “We are only seven months on the market so we were not very sure we would win and are very surprised to win this.”

Newly opened Café Salween is a haven in downtown Yangon that coffee lovers can’t get enough of. When they opened in July 2017 they launched with a “pay as you want” campaign where customers could decide the price they wanted to pay for their coffees, and could even walk away without paying a single kyat if they did not like what they had received. Through this honest and innovative approach to business, and the high standards they consistently deliver, Café Salween has quickly built up a large customer base of people that return every day for their caffeine fix. The place is a hidden away down a non-descript back alley along the side of Urban Asia Center (next door to the 7th Joint Bar) and has a laid back and relaxed vibe within a minimalist modern and green environment.

Dominated by an indoor Frangipani tree, the café is also filled with plants and fresh flowers. They offer a wide choice of coffees, based on origin and artisanal method of production and brewing. Quality beans are imported from coffee growing regions famous for the quality including: Ethiopia, Brazil, Columbia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Sumatra (Indonesia), Vietnam as well as the Shan hills of Myanmar. A good collection of fine teas sourced locally and internationally is also on offer along with a small menu of food and deserts all with a Myanmar twist. Their famous Salween Latte is mixed with fresh Myanmar honey, and their Salween Tea Latte is an adaptation of Myanmar traditional milk tea, with Myanmar red tea brewed under high pressure in the espresso machine, and served with condensed milk.

Café Salween is so named because of Salween is actually the name of Than Lwin River in Burmese language which is one of two major rivers flowing through Myanmar. It flows from Tibetan Plateau through China, Thailand and the Shan Hills of Myanmar, into the Andaman Sea near the city of Moulmein. It is one of the longest free flowing rivers in Asia – signifying energy, dynamism and creativity which represent the core values of the young team behind this successful little café.

The Myanmore Dining and nightlife Award judges were unanimous in their decision to award Café of the Year to Café Salween, though they were up against a very high standard of competition. The team behind Café Salween are clearly passionate about their product and enthusiastic about growing their fledgling business. Attention to detail, tight service, great ambience and a good quality product were areas highlighted by the judges.

Congratulations to the whole team at Café Salween in winning Cafe of the year 2018. Myanmore wishes you every success in the coming year.

Runner Up

Gloria Jeans

A surprise inclusion in this year’s Café of the year, Gloria Jean’s Coffees impressed the judges with their high quality offering, well-trained staff and massive popularity. Gloria Jeans are pleasant and friendly café’s where people can hang out and enjoy a relaxed vibe. Their success is in part to their high quality, but also in that Gloria Jeans doesn’t feel like a traditional coffee chain, but more like a collection of individual independent cafés.

Runner Up

Easy Café

Javier and Melissa’s Easy Café could easily have been awarded Café of the year for the third time. Their ethos and approach to high quality service, excellent coffee and a sustainable approach to business is as exemplary as ever. They are quintessentially a cafe very focused on Specialty Coffee serving comfort and no-fuss food, pastries and desserts. The ‘home away from home’ experience, which they are famous for, is evident in their relaxed ambience, tasteful decor and friendly service.

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