Nothing is easier than drinking a cup of coffee in Buon Ma Thuot. All the streets in the city are lined with little cafes. Some have romantic names like “Purple afternoon”, “Moon Light”, “Hyacinth”, or “Mimosa”. If you want to enjoy your coffee in a quiet atmosphere, you should go to the “Green Bamboo”, “Dandelion”, “Little Alley”, or “Now and Then”, all of which offer a shady garden. The “Sun”, “Rock” and “Melody” cafes, on the other hand, cater to a very young clientele.
Trung Nguyen coffee village in the center of Buon Ma Thuot is surely the place that attracts the most tourists. Covering 20,000 square meters, the café embraces the architectural style and cultural identity of the Central Highlands. The café does double duty as a museum dedicated to the history of coffee growing in Vietnam and around the world. Here, you can of course, enjoy a good cup of coffee, but you will also learn a lot about coffee: its history, coffee drinking cultures in Vietnam and other places around the world like Ethiopia, Turkey, and Italy, coffee harvesting and processing, preparation, and especially the art of tasting. In addition to Trung Nguyen’s G7 brand coffee, various other types of coffee are on offer in this café like Cappuccino, Latte, L’mour, Mother Land and Red Rose as well as Weasel, Legendee, and Passionate. After the visit, you’ll be a coffee expert. H’Thanh K Po, an Ede ethnic and professional guide said:“After picking, the beans are dried. Once dry, they are peeled. We use a wooden mortar and pestle to do this step. After that, we roast the coffee and then use the same mortar to grind the roasted beans. Finally, we simmer the coffee in a bag”.
Local coffee gourmets prefer to prepare the coffee themselves. They select the coffee beans, and dry and roast the coffee themselves. Some cafes in Buon Ma Thuot perform all the stages of coffee processing and preparation for their customers. Vu Van Diep is a regular customer of the “Moc” Café: “The real taste of coffee is in black coffee. That is why we buy beans and prepare the coffee ourselves at home. Black coffee tastes a bit sour and bitter but I find it delicious”.
In the early morning, cafes in Buon Ma Thuot are already full of customers because drinking coffee has become a habit of local people. If you also need a “little black” to start your day, go to Buon Ma Thuot.