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From bean to cup, Vietnamese coffee is on the up

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A farmer in Măng Đen, Kon Plông District, Kon Tum Province, harvests arabica coffee. VNA/ Photo

The first coffee beans were imported into Việt Nam in the 19th century by French colonialists, who realised that the climate of the central highlands was perfect for growing the popular drink.

Arabica was the first variety produced before the high-yielding robusta was introduced in 1908 as well. 

In 1986, following the reunification of Việt Nam, the Đổi Mới (Renewal) economic reforms led to a rise in the privatisation of land and commodities. The Government saw potential in coffee as a cash crop for exports and internal usage, so they established State-funded farms and encouraged Central Highlands landowners to cultivate coffee.

Collecting coffee for processing and export in Kon Tum, a province in the Central Highlands of Việt Nam. VNA/ Photo

The satisfaction felt by a Kon Tum farmer after successfully collecting coffee. VNA/ Photo 

Now, coffee is one of Việt Nam’s major export commodities worth more than US$3 billion a year, alongside other high-value products such as wood, seafood, cashew nuts, rice, vegetables, and rubber. 

 

Bích Thao Cooperative’s coffee products in Sơn La province have met the national five-star OCOP standards. VNA/ Photo

The Việt Nam Specialty Coffee Contest showcases a wide variety of coffee products to consumers in Việt Nam and around the world. VNA/ Photo

In 2021, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Việt Nam’s coffee exports still brought in over US$3 billion, contributing to the overall growth of the country’s commodity exports.

During the first five months of this year, Việt Nam shipped 889,000 tonnes of coffee worth over US$2 billion abroad, representing a year-on-year rise of 24.2 per cent in volume and 54 per cent in value, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

According to industry insiders, global coffee prices are projected to continue rising in the future, creating a wealth of opportunities for Vietnamese coffee exporters to boost their exports. 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/1251410/from-bean-to-cup-vietnamese-coffee-is-on-the-up.html

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Vietnamese families spend big on Christmas decorations

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Vietnamese families are spending hundreds of millions of dong to decorate their houses for Christmas.

Nguyen Thu Hang, the owner of a company on Tran Binh Trong Street in District 5 which specializes in designing and decorating high-end events, shared that customers have already began placing orders to have their houses decorated for Christmas, which is still several weeks away.

“Families typically begin decorating for Christmas shortly after Halloween ends,” Hang said.

“We get many orders this time of year, but we can only work on two or three houses a day.”

Hang’s team offers a wide range of Christmas packages for its customers, with each costing anywhere from VND40-100 million.

Premium packages, fetching from VND70-100 million, include decorating the garden, main door, living room, banquet table, and Christmas tree.

Less expensive options, fetching VND40-50 million, only include the Christmas tree, staircase, and main door.

It takes two to three days to decorate each house.

For big contracts, pine trees are often imported from Denmark and are decorated with unique handcrafted items.

“Customers want a warm and joyful Christmas atmosphere to spend with their family, children, and friends,” Hang said.

“Christmas is a common time for students who are studying abroad to return home for winter vacation, so many families want to decorate their house to welcome them.”

One such company on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street in Thu Duc City offers Christmas decoration packages for VND8-45 million.  

All customers need to do is send a picture of the space they want to be decorated and the company sends back decoration suggestions.

“It takes us only one day to decorate because we have a professional and experienced team,” said P., an employee of the decoration company.

“We can do several projects a day, so customers don’t have to wait long.”

(US$1 = VND24,390)

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Ho Chi Minh City reveals big plans for New Year, Tet celebrations

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports announced earlier this week a plan including 19 cultural and entertainment events to welcome 2023 and celebrate Vietnam’s Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

The first event is the ‘Ho Chi Minh City – Our Home’ festival, which will take place in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, on Le Loi Boulevard and at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1 from Friday to Sunday.

This fest is expected to attract participants from 23 cities around the world that have established relationships with Ho Chi Minh City.

It will also feature the first trumpet music festival in the city.

The southern metropolis will also host the Ho Chi Minh City International Music Festival and the second hot air balloon festive day in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone and Thu Thiem 2 Bridge Park in Thu Duc City from December 8 to 11.

The city will welcome the 2023 New Year with a countdown event on the night of December 31 in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone and on Le Duan Boulevard.

At 0:00 on January 1, 2023, there will be a 15-minute high-altitude fireworks show near the entrance of the Saigon River Tunnel.

Ho Chi Minh City’s first hot air balloon festive day is organized to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day, September 2, 2022. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City’s first hot air balloon festive day is organized to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day, September 2, 2022. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Another major event celebrating Tet holiday, which will begin in the latter half of January, is the decoration of downtown streets and Nguyen Hue Flower Street, which is scheduled to open from 7:00 pm on January 19 to 9:00 pm on January 26 in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone.

The 2023 Lunar New Year’s book street festival will open at the same time on Mac Thi Buoi Street, Nguyen Hue Street, and Ngo Duc Ke Street.

Another 15-minute high-altitude fireworks show near the entrance of the Saigon River Tunnel is planned for 0:00 January 22, the first day of the 2023 Lunar New Year.

Other annual events such as the Spring Flower Festival and Tet flower markets are also scheduled.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports pledges to ensure public safety and vehicle parking convenience for visitors to these events.

Its plan is pending the approval of the municipal People’s Committee.

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Hanoians flock to Red River dyke for photos with white reeds

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The embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi has turned poetic recently when the reed flowers bloomed all at once, attracting many people to come and take pictures.

Located near Co Linh Street, just on the opposite side of Gia Lam Heliport, the dyke slope is easy to recognize as the white reed flowers, which are about knee high, stand out on a green background of grass and stretch across a large space.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

The scenery is poetic, idyllic like in the countryside and quickly emerges as an Instagrammable spot.

On weekends and even weekdays, the place is crowded as people flock to take pictures.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I saw many friends taking pictures at this beautiful reed field on Facebook, so I wanted to stop by to take some, too,” said Mai Anh, a girl who traveled for ten kilometers from Cau Giay District to the dyke on Monday afternoon.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I was quite surprised because today is the first day of the week, but the place is so crowded.”

The best time to take pictures with reeds is early morning and late afternoon, according to the visitors.

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

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