Here’s a shocker. In today’s news, Vietnam seems to have suddenly discovered that much of their coffee is of utter crap quality: Viet Nam News | Coffee quality drops off alarmingly.
What’s curious is that the article seems taken aback by the discovery that Vietnamese coffee might not be the richest coffee in the world, as recent statistics show that 88 per cent of the coffee rejected on the world market was from Vietnam. “The biggest loss, however, was the prestige of Vietnamese coffee in international market,” the deputy chairman of Vietnam coffee production is quoted in the article.
Hello? The world’s leader at dumping $0.40/lb C-grade robusta beans on the market? Beans so foul that Sara Lee literally has to steam clean them to “remove the burnt rubber taste” — just to make them palatable? Perhaps they’re only smoking, not drinking, the stuff over there.
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