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Myanmar's emerging middle class warms up to cafe culture

A surge in swish coffee bars points to the changing tastes of the middle-class, and widening gap between them and the poor

An employee at the Coffee Club in downtown Yangon, one of around two dozen speciality coffee shops that have opened up in Myanmar's biggest city in the last few years, and are providing an alternative to the treacly instant coffee served by thousands of street carts.


BEHIND a wooden counter in downtown Yangon's Coffee Club, the unmistakable hiss of a barista steaming milk briefly drowns out a funky soundtrack piped through a store filled with students glued to their smartphones.

In any other Asian capital, it would be a ubiquitous sight

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