Asia

K’Ho Coffee – an ethnic minority producing high quality Arabica coffee in Vietnam

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.

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News from Da Lat where the coffee producers are thriving

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.

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La Viet, Dalat – the changing of Vietnamese Arabica coffee’s perception

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…)

The Married Beans – coffee farm trip in Da Lat, Vietnam

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

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Saigon’s Coffee Revolution

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

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Coffees are ready to be tasted

Cup tasting @Hungry Bird coffee shop in Canggu, Bali

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

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4 coffee shops to visit in Kuala Lumpur

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…)

4 specialty coffee shops not to miss while you’re in Ubud, Bali

During our stay on Bali’s island, we spent a week in the beautiful Ubud, a city full of culture, home of yoga and Balinese massage, good restaurants and streets with plenty of shops where you can find goods coming from local artisans. Having so many beautiful things around, Ubud doesn’t lack good specialty coffee shops either. In fact, there are a

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3 specialty coffee shops not to miss while you are in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta (pronounced Jogjakarta and called Yogya or Jogja) is the soul of Java. This city still holds to its traditions, its art and the Javanese language is still at its purest. No wonder Yogya is the most beautiful and lovable city of Indonesia.

In terms of specialty coffee shops, Yogya has a variety of offers. I will present below three of my favourite places in this beautiful city, which you don’t have to miss if you are a coffee geek. (more…)