In post ‘Doi Moi’ Vietnam, coffee raises families


A small coffee plantation in Indonesia. - Photos by Team Ceritalah

VIETNAM is the world’s second-largest coffee producer – exporting an estimated US$3.5bil (RM14.6bil) of the commodity in 2018. They are second only to Brazilians, who exported US$5.2bil (RM22bil) worth of coffee in the same year.

However, just over 30 years ago (back in 1986), the republic only managed to grow some 300,000 60kg bags of coffee beans. In 2018, volumes had sky-rocketed to over 30 million bags: a hundredfold increase.

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