There’s an ethnic minority group in Vietnam called the K’Ho (Cơ Ho or KoHo) people. They are the oldest ethnic group living in the Central Highlands region, very close to Da Lat in the Lam Dong province, where most of the Vietnamese coffee is produced. The K’Ho people used to be nomadic, but now they are settled and they grow coffee and rice for a living, together with producing some really nice handicrafts. The community has reached 200.000 members by now.(more…)
Last year I first visited Da Lat to meet some coffee producers and make a farm trip to learn more about coffee processing, in general and Vietnamese Arabica coffee, in particular. After exactly one year, in December 2018 I returned to Da Lat to meet them again, but to see new producers as well and check the development of the coffee producing scene in the area.(more…)
As I was writing before, Da Lat is the main region where Arabica beans are cultivated in Vietnam and the place where a few processors are working to change the perception over the quality of the Vietnamese coffee, especially the Arabica beans. We’ve met La Viet, another key major player in the improvement of the Vietnamese (more…)
Đà Lạt is the capital of Lâm Đồng Province in Vietnam and it’s located in the southern parts of Central Highlands region. It’s a popular tourist destination and because of its temperate climate it got the name of the “City of Eternal Spring” during the French colonial period, with pleasantly warm temperature during the day and quite cool ones at night. Coffee production in Vietnam is concentrated in a proportion of 80% in Central Highlands. As I was writing before, 97% of the Vietnamese coffee production
The fact that Romania is becoming one of the world class specialty coffee country is already known. If you don’t know this yet, an easy online research of the specialty cafes will show you what we mean. To a country of 20 mil people, there are already over 100 entities (specialty coffee shops or roasteries) operating on the market. Not to mention that Romania gave the 2016 world roasting champion. We urge you to make a trip to Bucharest or Cluj Napoca and check the vibrant specialty coffee market. Its evolution (more…)
Update: July 2018
Fresh Cup Magazine published my second article in the July printed edition, as well as in online. This time it was about the Romanian espresso machines and grinders producer Hedone Cafe. Here is the link of the article: The Handyman of Hedone
Thanks to my passion for coffee and to this blog, I started writing articles in international press. For the beginning, Fresh Cup Magazine from US published my first article about Saigon’s specialty coffee scene and an interview with Will Frith, the man who believed in Vietnamese coffee. It is published in April’s print issue and you can also read it at the link below:
I will update this post with other articles as soon as I will write more. Stay tuned!
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Our journey in SE Asia took us to Vietnam and our first stop was Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon). HCMC is a vibrant city and the most populated one in Vietnam with 13 mil. inhabitants. A combination of modern office skyscrapers, food stalls along the streets and women wearing the traditional Vietnamese hat selling street drinks creates
Canggu is a coastal village in the southern part of Bali, known for its challenging surfing spots. It is popular with expats that choose to live here. Along with the popularity of expats and tourists, Canggu offers a big variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes.
While we volunteered in a hostel here, I started researching the specialty coffee scene in Canggu and the only place that attracted me was Hungry Bird coffee shop and roastery
Penang Island is the most diverse, cosmopolitan and multicultural area in Malaysia. Its main city and urban centre, George Town, is known as a culinary capital with irresistible street food, a home of the art and multicultural (more…)
I am not a fan of big cities, but Kuala Lumpur is for sure the one that I could fall in love with. It is multicultural and combines modernity with tradition in a unique way: skyscrapers, mega sized shopping malls and parks on one way, temples, mosques, night bazars and street food on the other. In such an environment, specialty coffee scene was a must. And for sure, Kuala Lumpur is very developed in this segment, from highly professional roasters (more…)