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Coffee is not just a drink

Text & photos by Adrien Jean

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For Vietnamese people, coffee is not just a drink. It is a way of life. Wherever you are, at whatever time of the day, there is not a street corner where you cannot find a cart or a coffee shop ready to serve you.

Vietnam is the second-largest coffee exporter in the world, after Brazil. Coffee production in Vietnam began in the late 19th century during the French colonial period and has grown significantly in recent decades. Coffee is mainly produced in the Central Highlands region, where the climate and soil offer ideal conditions. Robusta is the most widely grown variety, accounting for over 90 % of the country’s total production, followed by Arabica.

Besides the iconic cà phê sữa đá, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy coffee in Vietnam, from “egg coffee” to “coconut coffee” or even “salted coffee”, a Hue specialty, making coffee a beloved part of the country’s culinary heritage for locals and travelers alike.

Local farmers picking up ripened red coffee cherries
Local farmers picking up ripened red coffee cherries
A local farmer navigating through her coffee farm
A panorama of the Central Highlands, where coffee production is concentrated in Vietnam
Coffee is being processed in a factory
Coffee is being processed in a factory
Coffee is being processed in a factory
No better way to start the day
No better way to start the day

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