Interesting Facts About Vietnamese Coffee And Vietnam Coffee History

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Coffee is more than just a beverage. It is an aspect of everyone’s life no matter which part of the globe they live in. Today, Vietnam is the second-largest exporter of coffee in the world. But what led this southeastern nation to become a coffee hub? Well, the answer lies in its history. From French colonization to wars, Vietnam has seen a lot of ups and downs. There was a time when coffee production was booming and there was also a period when production came to a halt due to excessive restrictions. There’s a lot to Vietnam and its journey with coffee which you can read below along with some interesting facts.

When And How Was Coffee Introduced In Vietnam?

For the first time, coffee was introduced in Vietnam during the French colonization interval. It was a Catholic priest who decided to grow a Coffea arabica tree. Coffee later spread across the nation and many coffee farms emerged in Vietnam. However, the coffee grown in Vietnam was highly influenced by the french roast. Coffee farming saw a drop in the war period as the government shifted its focus and put restrictions. In the 1990s, government restrictions were removed which had a positive impact on coffee. This was the foundation of Vietnam becoming a coffee giant in 15 years.

State Of Coffee Production In Vietnam

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Vietnam produces around 40% of the world’s robusta beans. Most of the Vietnamese coffee is made from robusta since it takes less time and care as compared to arabica beans. In Vietnam, the majority of coffee production is done by the private sector and brands like Viet Pacific, Hung Phat Company Ltd., and Vinacoffee are some of the big names in the market. 

What Is The Unique Thing About Vietnamese Coffee?

Vietnamese coffee is different from french roast although it has its influence on it. This coffee is cheaper and easier to grow as compared to arabica bean coffee. Vietnamese coffee is made out of robusta beans which are a lot more bitter and stronger due to abundant caffeine content. Moreover, coffee from Vietnam is less acidic that makes it decent for the stomach. Vietnamese coffee is great in taste so a lot of people like to start their day with it. All these unique traits make Vietnamese coffee different from the rest. 


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It’s hard to not hear of delicious coffee recipes such as Vietnamese iced coffee, condensed milk coffee, and egg coffee. The history of coffee in Vietnam starts way back in 1857. A catholic priest introduced coffee which later helped coffee to spread to the rest of the country. Coffee was a success especially due to its Robusta bean quality and taste. However, coffee production was curtailed during the war period. Later, the government removed political and economic restrictions in the 1990s. This enabled Vietnam to become a coffee giant. 

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