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Vietnam??? 2nd in world coffee production???

I never would have guessed this. And, this is from Wikipedia, so this may not be 100% accurate. But, according to the Wiki page on coffee http://en.wikiped...iki/Coffee, Vietnam is #2 in coffee production with Brazil being #1. I don't know about you, but I don't think "coffee" when I think about Vietnam. I guess they have a great climate for it.

I also found this site where you can find out more about Vietnamese coffee.


And - they stole my idea!!!! They make their own Luwak coffee, but without the jungle cat. They have duplicated the enzyme soak process that morphs the coffee beans into super-beans. I was trying to do that myself, but I guess I don't have to now. :|
Edited by StarryNightDave on 12/27/2009 2:06 PM
AH! The plot thickens . . .

Poor quality Vietnamese beans (that end up in grocery store coffee)

A short article entitled "Quality of Vietnamese coffee poor" appeared recently on a Vietnam news site. It notes that Vietnam is the world's second largest producer of coffee, but that 89% of its crop is low-quality robusta. And it adds, "The reason is the massive use of inorganic fertilizer, water, insecticide and poor processing technology."

Where do these beans end up? In your cup, if you buy cheap coffee from one of these large corporations.

Nestl? (Nescafe, Taster's Choice) buys 20 to 25% of Vietnam's coffee. Kraft (brands include Chase and Sanborn, General Foods International Coffee, Gevalia, Maxwell House, and Sanka) is another major buyer; at a 2003 shareholder meeting, Kraft Chairman Louis Camilleri said that the firm buys coffee in Vietnam that does not meet even minimum ICO [International Coffee Organization] standards, the first admission from a major company regarding purchase of sub-quality beans. At the Folgers web site, Proctor & Gamble admitted to buying Vietnamese coffee: "We purchase our coffee beans from all over the world, including Vietnam. The percentage of beans from any one country varies all the time, depending on availability." (Note that Folgers is now owned by Smuckers, but probably uses P&G's sourcing avenues). Sara Lee/Douwe Egberts (Chock Full o'Nuts, Hills Brothers) also buys coffee from Vietnam and is in a partnership with Kraft in that country.*

More at the above link.
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