At the moment, Viet Nam is the world’s second-largest exporter of coffee, second only to Brazil. Aside from the size of its export sales and rich coffee culture, Vietnamese coffee is also known for its coffee quality. Robusta beans account for around 97% of the coffee that is produced in Viet Nam. These specific beans are loved because of their strong, earthy, and bitter flavors, with relatively high caffeine content. Robusta beans are often used to produce instant coffee, which is very popular nowadays. The special thing about Vietnamese coffee is that it can be made with more than just milk and sugar. There are five typical types of Vietnamese coffee, such as salt coffee, egg coffee, coconut coffee, fruit coffee, and yogurt coffee. Coffee with eggs, in particular, has been known to be one of the world’s most unique coffees ever made.
According to CNN, in Viet Nam, coffee is an affordable drink that is widely loved by the locals. Coffee has its own role when people spend time with their family; build their relationships and even their careers. In after-hours, the coffee shop is everyone’s destination. For Vietnamese people, coffee is not just their energy source but also part of their habits and lifestyles. At any time, people can go to a coffee shop and read the newspaper, surf the internet, or study. Especially now, coffee has become more and more attached to Vietnamese people’s lives than ever.
In Ha Noi, instead of going to a luxurious restaurant, people prefer going to cafes where lots of memories are made. Because of that, every day, countless locals and visitors still come to Nhan, Nhi, Di, and Giang – the four hottest coffee shops in Viet Nam. In Saigon, coffee is even drunk in the park, without seats or tables. Seeing this for the first time might be surprising to some, but sitting anywhere to enjoy a cup of coffee has long been a tradition here.
Vietnamese coffee is not only loved because of its excellent fine taste, but also because of its unique and cheap varieties. Hence, the most popular among coffee drinkers here is roasted coffee. Not only that, Vietnamese coffee is one of the best gifts that visitors can bring home for their friends or family.
The Central Highlands region is not only rich in culture and natural beauty, but it is also home to the majority of coffee in Viet Nam. In recent years, coffee museum tours and coffee plantation tours have become very popular. Visitors to the coffee farms can listen to coffee’s history while immersing themselves in nature. You can also learn about the characteristics of the soil and climate that help create the earthy and distinct flavors of coffee. These tours are well-designed so that participants can experience and learn about coffee with all five senses.
(Source: Vietnam Today 1.2022)