Embark on a journey through Vietnam’s rich coffee history, from its colonial roots to its modern-day prominence in the global market. Discover how coffee became ingrained in the fabric of Vietnamese culture and economy, shaping landscapes and livelihoods across the nation.


Colonial Legacy:

In the late 19th century, French colonialists bestowed upon Vietnam the gift of coffee, planting seeds that would blossom into a thriving industry. The lush landscapes of the Central Highlands became the cradle of Vietnamese coffee, with Robusta variety taking center stage for its resilience in the region’s warm, low-altitude climates.


Resilience Amidst Conflict:

Despite facing adversities during periods of conflict such as the First Indochina War and the Vietnam War, Vietnam’s coffee industry endured. The aftermath of war saw the government’s commitment to agricultural development, propelling coffee cultivation forward as a cornerstone of economic recovery.


Emergence as a Global Player:

By the late 20th century and into the 21st century, Vietnam emerged as a titan in the global coffee arena. Fueled by favorable climates, governmental support, and infrastructural investments, the country became renowned for its robust coffee production, making significant contributions to the global coffee market.


Diverse Growing Regions:

Across Vietnam’s diverse landscapes, coffee flourishes in distinct regions, each contributing to the nation’s coffee tapestry. From the expansive plantations of the Central Highlands to the serene slopes of Đà Lạt and Son La, the country’s coffee-growing areas offer a glimpse into the unique flavors and aromas of Vietnamese coffee.


Robusta Dominance and Arabica Ascendance:

Vietnam’s coffee production is predominantly Robusta, with a staggering 95% share of the market. Robusta’s adaptability to lower altitudes and warmer climates has made it the darling of Vietnamese farmers. However, amidst the sea of Robusta, Arabica is slowly but surely carving its niche, accounting for 5% of production. Regions like Đà Lạt and Son La are spearheading Arabica cultivation, leveraging their cooler climates to produce specialty beans prized for their nuanced flavors.



As Vietnam’s coffee industry continues to evolve, the juxtaposition of Robusta dominance and Arabica ascendance paints a portrait of resilience and innovation. From the colonial legacies to the present-day cultivation practices, Vietnamese coffee embodies the spirit of perseverance and promise, promising a future steeped in rich flavors and endless possibilities.

GAEA, Vietnam Sourcing & Manufacturing

Established in 2019, GAEA Vietnam Sourcing, a manufacturer and supplier, is your green coffee bean sourcing and export partner in Vietnam. We undoubtedly have the widest available assortment and are best updated on stock, prices, and the latest crops. We also manufacture and roast coffee under private or no label for brands across the hospitality, foodservice, and retail sectors, reflecting our B2B manufacturing. Our product range includes roasted whole beans and ground coffees. Read more information here: LINK.

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