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Vietnam's Coffee Industry

This year, Vietnam surpassed Brazil as the world's biggest coffee exporter, and the country is trying to shake its reputation as a lower quality exporter.
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Ripening coffee cherries at a coffee farm in Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Ripening coffee cherries at a coffee farm in Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam. (D. Schearf/VOA)

Farmer Ma Chuong shows the drip irrigation system (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Farmer Ma Chuong shows the drip irrigation system (D. Schearf/VOA)

Green coffee cherries. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Green coffee cherries. (D. Schearf/VOA)

Coffee beans being sorted and cleaned at the factory in Buon Ma Thuot. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Coffee beans being sorted and cleaned at the factory in Buon Ma Thuot. (D. Schearf/VOA)

Beans being sorted and cleaned at the factory. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Beans being sorted and cleaned at the factory. (D. Schearf/VOA)

Coffee beans being sorted at the factory. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Coffee beans being sorted at the factory. (D. Schearf/VOA)

Vietnam's drip style coffee uses a steel filter and press. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Vietnam's drip style coffee uses a steel filter and press. (D. Schearf/VOA)

Vietnam mainly produces Robusta beans (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Vietnam mainly produces Robusta beans (D. Schearf/VOA)

A Vietnamese-style coffee demonstration. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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A Vietnamese-style coffee demonstration. (D. Schearf/VOA)

Dang Le Nguyen, chairman of Trung Nguyen Coffee Company, wants to make Vietnam a "coffee holy land." (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Dang Le Nguyen, chairman of Trung Nguyen Coffee Company, wants to make Vietnam a "coffee holy land." (D. Schearf/VOA)

A waiter serves Vietnamese-style coffee in Ho Chi Minh City. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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A waiter serves Vietnamese-style coffee in Ho Chi Minh City. (D. Schearf/VOA)

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