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Vietnam 🇻🇳 

Vietnam is one of the world's largest producers of coffee, with the majority of its output being Robusta beans. While a significant portion of Vietnamese coffee is consumed domestically, the country also exports considerably to international markets. Vietnamese coffee is renowned for its intense and distinctive flavor, often described as bold, rich, and intensely aromatic.

  • Major Growing Regions: Vietnam's major coffee-growing regions include the Central Highlands (notably Đắk Lắk Province)

  • Harvesting and Processing: Coffee cherries are harvested when ripe using mechanical and manual methods. Depending on the region and coffee type, the processing typically involves wet or dry methods. Damp processing involves removing the outer layers and fermenting the beans, while dry processing involves sun-drying the whole cherries. After drying, the beans are hulled, sorted, and prepared for export.

  • Flavor profile: Vietnamese green coffee beans typically have a bold, robust flavor with earthy and nutty undertones. They may also exhibit subtle chocolatey notes and have low to medium acidity.​

  • Cultural Significance: Coffee culture is deeply ingrained in Vietnamese society, with coffee shops (or "cà phê") serving as popular gathering places for socializing, conducting business, or simply enjoying coffee. 

  • Preparation Methods: The most popular method of preparing Vietnamese coffee is using a small metal drip filter called a "phin." This device sits atop a cup or glass containing sweetened condensed milk, and hot water is poured over the coffee grounds in the filter. The coffee slowly drips through, combining with the milk to create a rich and sweet beverage.

    • Condensed Milk: Sweetened condensed milk is a key ingredient in traditional Vietnamese coffee. It adds a creamy texture and significant sweetness to balance the coffee's strong, bitter flavors.

    • Iced Coffee: Vietnamese iced coffee, or "cà phê sữa đá," is a popular variation where the brewed coffee is poured over ice, creating a refreshing and chilled drink, perfect for hot weather.

    • Egg Coffee: Another unique Vietnamese coffee variation is "cà phê trứng," which translates to egg coffee. It consists of a creamy, frothy mixture of beaten egg yolks and condensed milk poured over Vietnamese solid coffee, creating a decadent and indulgent beverage.

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