From the cooler northern parts of Vietnam bordering Yunnan in China, comes this unusual Arabica coffee. Vietnam, is ranked second after Brazil in world coffee production, and produces vast quantities of incredibly poor quality Robusta, sold to the ’big four’, Nestle, Kraft, Proctor and Gamble, and Sara Lee who concentrate on instant coffee. According to Starbucks’ Vietnam general manager, Patricia Marquez, she estimated it would take a decade before superior Arabica coffee starts coming out of Vietnam in any quantity. Arabica requires hard work, she stressed. It is labour-intensive, farmers have to get up every morning to pamper their plants and must pick each cherry as it ripens. “With Robusta, you just shake and beans come out,” she said. We are pleased to be able to offer this highest grade as somewhat of a small encouragement towards the growing of better quality coffee, before the likes of Starbucks start to take it all. Whilst small quantities of Vietnamese Arabica appear on the world’s market the quality should remain high.
You will receive 100 grams of these roasted beans for £5.00 this will allow you to make between 20 and 40 cups of coffee depending on cup size. Five grams per cup, the quantity of coffee used will be quite personal so these are guidelines only. This works out at between twenty-five pence and twelve pence per cup. We also sell larger quantities of this coffee at a more economical rate, the price per cup will therefore be lower.