Vietnam is the 2nd largest producer of coffee in the world. However, 95% of it is Robusta. Here is some of the first Arabica imported into the USA.
Lam Dong is a grade 1 arabica. Most of the coffee that is grown in Vietnam is robusta, so it's a challenge to get arabica, much less grade 1. The beans are a beautiful blue-green, looking like the coffees from Indonesia. In the cup, it's sharp and sassy up front, with a hint of anise. Full body, dry finish, almost a buttery touch there. The brightness early eases off as it cools, bringing a dark chocolate nip out. Very different, exotic coffee ... After-dinner, with your creme brulee - it would shine. Going on the shelf tomorrow.
Vietnam Lam Dong Arabica G1 RFA
This is a wet hulled, grade 1, Rainforest Alliance (RFA) certified coffee from Lam Dong, Vietnam.
60% of Vietnam Arabica crop is in Lam Dong Province. Lam Dong's altitudes range from 900- 1400 masl, and this area experiences rains from April to July, with fertile basaltic soil. Varietals grown here are 95% Catimor and 5% Bourbon/Typica. Harvesting is from September to February.
The processing of this coffee starts with the farmer delivering high grown coffee cherries to Olam where it gets pulped using Penagos DCV Pulpers and a Dry-fermentation is done in concrete tanks for up-to 14 hours. The following morning, post washing, parchment is pre-dried on Vibrating dryers, using air at temperature <= 45 degrees C. After mechanical drying, parchment is fed to Wet hullers. After Wet Hulling, the wet bean is transferred to Green Houses to be dried on raised beds for up to 7 days. Each Green House is monitored for humidity levels and coffee is raked consistently as it drops from 40% to 12% moisture by weight.
Cupping Note: Good body, prune, dried fruits, bakers chocolate, almond
Farm: Various Small Farms from Lam Dong
Processing: Wet hulled & sundried; finished in mechanical driers
Altitude: 900 -1400 metres above sea level
Owner: 38 smallholder farmers
Town / City: Various towns in Da lat & Lac Duong district
Region: Lam Dong Province, Central Highlands