Welcome to a new installment of Coffee Country Spotlight, the only place you can learn about an interesting country and their role in the world of coffee, all while sipping your own steamy cup of delicious pick me up any time of day coffee. Today’s country of choice is….drum roll please…Vietnam (Did you catch that awesome announcer voice?)
Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee, second only to Brazil. But before we get down to the nitty gritty about Vietnam and their role in the coffee business, let’s first start with some really cool facts about the great country.
1. Home to the world’s largest cave, the Son Doong.
2. Vietnam owns 20% of the coffee market
3. Vietnam has about 91,700,000 people living in 128,565 square miles of space.
4. The Vietnam War disrupted the coffee industry for a while, but in the end it came back even stronger than before.
Now, that you know some new facts to impress your friends with, let’s get down to the real business at hand…that business is coffee. The majority of coffee plantations and production are owned by either state or private parties. Some of these owners include Trung Nguyen Coffee Company Ltd, Hung Phat Company Ltd, Tam Chau Tea and Coffee Company Ltd, Vietcoffee, and Vinacafe.
There are many different companies who produce and export coffee. Vietnam exports about 1.29 million tons of coffee annually. This export brings the country about 1.4 billion US dollars each year. In 2013 and 2014, Vietnam reported the coffee harvest was between 17 million and 29 million bags. That’s a whole lot of coffee- When you’re the second largest producer of coffee in the world those numbers are to be expected.
The country typically exports four main types of coffee, Arabica, Robusta, Chari, and Catimor. All of which are said to be strong blends.
If you travel to Vietnam and order coffee you will brought a single cup filter/brewer, which is traditionally referred to as a phin. This single-cup phin will still be brewing your coffee as it’s brought out to you. Talk about fresh coffee!
While we are talking about types of coffee beans, were you aware that the Robusta beans are considered inferior to the Arabica beans? This is due mostly to the bitterness of the Robusta beans, for this reason Vietnam exports a lot of blended coffee beans to try and help improve the quality of its coffee exports overall. Vietnam has also come up with a specialty coffee known as kopi luwak or “weasel coffee.”
No matter where you get your coffee, the main point is to make sure you never run out. Thanks for joining us on another installment of Coffee Country Spotlight, hope to see you again next time!