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 (more…)
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…)