Vietnam

Asia

Few people know that Vietnam ranks among coffee superpowers. The French began cultivating coffee in Vietnam in the nineteenth century. Initially Arabia, but they soon found that local conditions were ideal for the Robusta species, which now dominates local production.

Our coffee's journey to Votice
Vietnam
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Asian coffees are characterized by tobacco, earth, and resin notes, and are full-bodied with low acidity and higher sweetness.
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Full flavour and low acidity

Coffees from this country are very bold because they are grown in volcanic soil. The Robusta species predominates. Asian coffees are characterized by tobacco, earth, and resin notes, and are full-bodied with low acidity and higher sweetness. In comparison with South America coffees their taste is a bit heavier and more exotic. If coffee could be compared to beer, Vietnamese coffee would be dark beer, something lovers of light, refreshing lagers may find hard to appreciate. But they are an excellent choice for milk-based coffee beverages, and contain significantly more caffeine than Arabica.

Votice

Our coffee's journey to Votice

Cultivation

Cultivation

The average person probably knows that two species of coffee exist: Robusta and Arabica. Each species has its own specific characteristics and one can't really say that one is better than the other. Arabica generally grows at higher altitudes. Its taste is more acidic, sweeter, with frequent fruity notes. In contrast, Robusta is grown at lower altitudes, is more bitter, earthy, woody, and contains significantly more caffeine than Arabica.

Ripening

Ripening

Arabica takes from six to eight months to ripen. Robusta needs a little more time, about nine to eleven months, and harvest time depends on geographical location. While they ripen, the berries gradually change colour from green to yellow, red, and finally carmine.

Harvest

Harvest

It takes four hears before the first coffee cherries can be harvested from a coffee tree. This is done either manually or using a machine. The manual method damages the bushes much less, with pickers carefully harvesting only ripe and healthy cherries. Harvesting machines will pick all cherries, including unripe ones, and can even damage the plant.

Processing green coffee

Processing green coffee

Two processing methods exist - dry and wet. When using the wet method, the peel and fruit pulp surrounding the coffee bean are first removed. The beans are then placed in a fermentation tank where pulp remnants are removed from the beans, which are then dried in the sun. In the dry method, whole coffee cherries are first dried in the sun, while being turned regularly, and only then are the skin and fruit flesh removed from the bean.

Packaging and transport

Packaging and transport

When the green coffee beans are dry, farmers put then into traditional jute bags and shipped throughout the whole world. On their journey, they often travel thousands of kilometres by ship, rail, truck, or plane.

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