Historically, Vietnam has always been among the most important countries involved in coffee cultivation. Today it is the world's second largest producer of coffee (second to Brazil), a fact that comes as a surprise to most coffee consumers. First introduced by the French in 1857, Coffee production has been a major source of income for the Vietnamese people since the early 20th century has since permeated mainstream culture and daily life giving rise to the ubiquitous cafe culture in all major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnamese style coffee has characteristics that distinguish it from other coffees and brewing methods. Typically the coffee is prepared in single servings in single-cup filter/brewers known as phin. Generally the coffee is served table-side while it is still brewing. The use of sweetened condensed milk rather than fresh milk was first due to its availability and easier storage in a tropical climate. The condensed milk serves to sweeten the coffee as well. This time-honored tradition now continues to present day as it has become the preferred style among the local palate.
When one thinks of coffee in Vietnam, Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese iced coffee) comes to mind. However, the full breadth and depth of the coffee drinks available is yet to be explored by most travelers visiting the country. In addition to the variety of coffee-based beverages, there are just as many cafes, each with their own unique characteristics that you will visit on this tour. From the ordinary to as hipster a cafe as they come, or from ancient settings to modern chic decors, or just simply enjoy a cup of typical coffee at a 'freestyle' cafe as most locals do. And if you want to have valuable tips to buy the best beans in Hanoi, we're ready to dispense all our local knowledge to you :)
If you love coffee, don't miss this change to step into the world of Vietnamese cafe culture with us on this tour!