Accordingly, VietKings is in the process of setting up and completing the world record application to send to the Council of World Records Union (WorldKings) as soon as possible, with the following criteria:
VIETNAM: THE LARGEST PRODUCER AND EXPORTER OF ROBUSTA COFFEE TO THE GLOBAL MARKET ALONGSIDE WITH THE WORLD’S MOST UNIQUE AND DIVERSE ART IN BLENDING, BREWING AND ROBUSTA COFFEE DRINKING CULTURE.
FROM POSITION OF VIETNAM’S ROBUSTA COFFEE
Coffee is one of Vietnam’s key export products, and is also the second largest export agricultural product in terms of turnover after rice. Therefore, the coffee industry plays a huge role in the strategic economy of nation.
Brazil and Vietnam account for the majority of the world’s coffee production. These are also two major countries supplying mainly two main types of coffee: Arabica and Robusta. Currently, Brazil is leading the world in total production and export of coffee, including both Arabica and Robusta coffee. However, in terms of Robusta coffee production and export, Vietnam is well-known as the leading country in the world . According to the Robusta coffee crop statistics for 2020-2021, Vietnam reached 1680 thousand tons, Brazil reached 1212 thousand tons. The USDA’s (United States Department of Agriculture) recent 3 crop statistics also attest to this point.
Robusta coffee accounts for nearly 90% of the coffee plantations nationwide, mainly concentrated in the Central Highlands provinces (including Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong). Besides, some midland areas such as Vung Tau, Dong Nai also grow this type of coffee and give a relatively high yield. Famous Robusta coffee growing areas such as Pleiku, Ayun Pa, Buon Ho, Buon Ma Thuot, etc. In which, the most prominent is Buon Ma Thuot in Dak Lak province – which is known as the capital of coffee.
With the advantages of natural conditions, especially soil, the average coffee productivity in Vietnam is currently the highest in the world with 2.8 tons/ha, higher than Brazil – the world’s No. 1 coffee exporter, according to USDA data in 2020.
In the context that Arabica coffee growing area is shrinking due to climate change and poor tolerance to pests, it is tending to increase the import of Robusta coffee and increase the proportion of Robusta coffee in the art of coffee blending. It is shown that the global coffee enjoying style has been changed. Focusing on increasing Robusta coffee’s export value (which is prejudiced as a second-class coffee) also helps the global market gradually change their views on Vietnam’s Robusta coffee . Vietnam has become the world’s No. 1 producer and exporter of Robusta coffee.
USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) data has shown the statistics on the productivity of farmers in Robusta producing countries to assess future supply capacity.
Currently, many producers in the world have been creating quality products from Vietnam’s Robusta coffee beans. Not to mention, Vietnam’s Robusta Coffee is also often used in instant coffee production, which is popular in the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) market.
VIETNAM HAS THE BEST ROBUSTA COFFEE IN THE WORLD
Vietnam is famous for many types of coffee such as Moka, Robusta, Cherry, Culi… Particularly for Robusta coffee, it not only has a large yield but also has a very specific flavor when grown in different lands. . Currently, many coffee experts and drinkers confirm that Robusta coffee has many factors to be recognized as the best coffee in Vietnam and in the world.
Talking aboutVietnamese coffee, we must mention the growing areas in the Central Highlands, especially Dak Lak, so-named as the Robusta coffee granary of the country. Thanks to the favorable natural conditions, ideal soil and climate conditions for the cultivation and development of Robusta coffee varieties; which is suitable for altitudes 1,000m below sea level, the temperature range of 24 to 29 degrees Celsius and does not need herbicides, pesticides, alongside with a much higher harvest productivity compared to Arabica coffee. These conditions have created a unique, distintive flavor for Vietnamese Robusta coffee that cannot be found anywhere else in the world .
Vietnamese Robusta coffee is delicious and attractive to the world. Vietnam’s Robusta coffee production accounts for 30% of the global coffee supply and demand.
The caffeine content in Robusta coffee (2% – 2.5%) is almost twice higher than that of Arabica (1.1% – 1.5%), so Robusta coffee is preferred because of its stronger-flavored taste.
A strength of Vietnamese Robusta coffee is a very distinctive and diverse taste: The mild bitterness brings the boldness and assertiveness from the land of Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak); the sour taste brings the meditation and depth from the coffee plantations of Dak Mil (Dak Nong); or the joy and enthusiasm comes from the rich taste of high caffeine content in Robusta coffee beans of Chu Se (Gia Lai), or Dak Ha (Kon Tum), the mountainous areas…
TO THE WORLD’S MOST UNIQUE AND DIVERSE ART IN BLENDING, BREWING AND DRINKING CULTURE OF VIETNAM’S ROBUSTA COFFEE
Coffee is not only a drink but also considered a cultural feature of Vietnamese people. Each region has its own unique recipe. Coffee has become an inevitable part of Vietnamese life. There are more and more unique creations in the art of blending Vietnamese Robusta coffee to create delicious, attractive and novel coffee cups. Those cups of coffee have been conquering many foodies, continuously entering the world’s top voted by prestigious websites.
Know about the Vietnamese way of brewing coffee, it can be mentioned that “3-time ripe” coffee of the Ede people, Vot coffee – a typical racket coffee also known as “Kho coffee ” and the most popular today is Phin coffee, a Vietnamese filter coffee.
“3–time ripe” coffee of the Ede people
Since coffee was first introduced and then cultivated in Cu M’Gar (Dak Lak) in the early 20th century by the indigenous EDe people in French coffee plantations.
Over the past 100 years, the Ede people have learned and created a unique style of coffee brewing and drinking with their own characteristics.
From the ripe coffee beans in the garden, the Ede people have collected and sun-dried for many days. Through the drying time, they begin to process, brew the coffee beans and finally roast them. All stages are carried out according to the “3-time ripe” formula: Picking ripe coffee beans, well-roasted, and well-brewed. After the coffee beans have been pre-processed, the Ede people use a secret recipe to blend to keep the aroma, the pure taste and to suit the taste of many people.
The style of drinking coffee in the right way of the Ede people is to bring the cup of coffee to the nose to smell the flavor before drinking. By doing so, the deep flavor of coffee will penetrate deeply into the sense of smell and even if you drink it once, you can’t forget it.
Vot coffee or Racket cofee – also known as “Kho coffee “ of Sai Gon people
Coffee is typically hand-roasted by traditional manual roasting method, with salt, French butter and alcohol.
The coffee is then brewed in tiny pots for another 10 minutes before being served (the coffee cool down, and the coffee powder will spread evenly with a stronger flavor).
The old Saigon people used to brew coffee by putting coffee in a cloth racket about 25cm long and 10cm in diameter, then pour boiling water in it and boil it continuously on a charcoal stove. This step makes the coffee smooth as well as keeps its flavor stronger and more delicious. It can be said that Vot coffee is one of the oldest coffee culture in Vietnam.
Vietnam’s Phin coffee– a “Proud symbol of Vietnamese coffee culture”
In Vietnam, coffee brewed by filter called Phin is the most popular style of brewing. ‘Phin’ Coffee is considered the soul, the culture of enjoying coffee deeply ingrained in Vietnamese people’s subconscious.
Roasted ground coffee powder is slowly extracted drop by drop through a metal filter called ‘Phin’. The image of a Phin coffee cup is attached throughout the history of Vietnamese coffee culture. And more than that, Phin coffee has brought the brand name, a unique feature, the own identity of the Vietnamese people.
Unusual ways of making, variations and combinations with coffee that are only available in Vietnam
It is no coincidence that Robusta coffee accounts for most of the world’s coffee production. Robusta coffee has its own characteristics, which can be easily combined with other types of coffee to create cups of coffee with full of irresistible delicious flavors.
During the long development of the Vietnamese cultural history, Vietnamese people have always learned, explored and created many kinds of drinks from Robusta coffee beans. It has a new, unique and attractive taste to people all over the world thanks to a very reasonable and delicate way of brewing and blending coffee.
Firstly, when talking about Vietnamese coffee, we must definitely mention egg coffee called “ca phe trung” – a drink that is always on the Must Try list of international friends when coming to Vietnam. Born in the 1940s in Hanoi, “ca phe trung” has now become an attractive drink that makes Vietnamese coffee unique.
Eggs are whisked, coffee is then boiled and poured into a glass with eggs to make the egg layer float on top. Egg foam mixed with flavorful coffee creates an eye-catching golden brown color.
”Ca phe sua da”, the typical Vietnamese iced milk coffee – “the soul” of Vietnamese coffee
The traditional recipe is from roasted and ground coffee beans that are filtered and mixed with condensed milk and ice. It creates a rich, delicious flavor that is hard to resist. The Bloomberg has voted 10 most unique and tasty in the world, including Vietnamese iced milk coffee said to be very delicious. This kind of simple drink is suggested by CNN as one of 10 Vietnamese dishes tourists should try.. Vietnamese iced milk coffee is a combination of filtered coffee and condensed milk with added ice.
Vietnamese iced milk coffee has received many compliments from the magazines and media in the world such as The Daily Meal, CN Traveler, CNN, Bloomberg…
Besides, each region of Vietnam also has its own unique and different type of coffee such as Hue’s salted coffee with a delicate and fragrant aftertaste; Coconut milk coffee – tropical coffee flavor in Hai Phong style… Depending on the drinking taste, Vietnamese people also create yogurt coffee, Bac Xiu coffee,…
Diverse tropical fruits such as durian, banana, coconut, mango, strawberry, lemon, apple, dragon fruit, avocado… are also combined with coffee by Vietnamese people to create unique and mouth-watering drinks. It has completedly conquered foodies.
With an endless inspiration and passion for coffee, foodies prefer to enjoy not only a good cup of coffee, but also many delicious and attractive dishes made from coffee.
From unique cakes such as Coffee Cupcakes, Chocolate Coconut Espresso Cakes, Coffee Panna Cotta Cakes, Coffee Cocoa Cream Breads, Coffee Mousse Cakes to popular folk dishes such as Coffee Tofu, Coffee Jelly, coffee coconut meat jam…
It can be said that Vietnam is not only a leading country in terms of production and export of Robusta coffee. All these values have contributed to creating a “Coffee Culture” from Robusta coffee beans of the country and people of Vietnam. A culture with many distinctive, diverse and unique heritage values in the world.
With those values, the Vietnam Records Organization (VietKings) is completing the application and building a set of Record criteria for Vietnam’s Robusta coffee beans to send to the World Records Union.
After 5 World Records in cuisine and specialties were successfully nominated by VietKings to the World Records Union in 2020, it is hoped that with these special values, Vietnamese Robusta coffee will once again will be named a World Record in the near future.