Vietnam is home to some of the best coffee plantations in the world and coffee has become a staple product in the Vietnamese people’s lives. Wander around in any city, town or village and you will most certainly see the locals sitting and enjoying coffee. The history of coffee in Vietnam dates back to when the French colonists were here and nowadays you won’t see many people go on with their day without at least one cup of coffee. The Vietnamese drip coffee has become very popular both here and internationally. You should also try the specialty “egg coffee”, preferably in Hanoi, where it was invented. All the coffee lovers will most certainly be satisfied here in Vietnam.
If you want to visit a coffee plantation in Vietnam then Dalat is one of the best places. Learn about the history of coffee in Vietnam, walk around the plantations, and learn how the coffee beans from the plantations end up in your cup.
Since 80% of the coffee production is in the central highlands in Vietnam, you will see many different coffee plantation tours in Dalat. It’s difficult to select the ‘best’ ones, since it’s very individual. Some prefer bigger tours while others prefer smaller. But nonetheless, here are the top three coffee plantation tours in Dalat that are recommended:
1. La Viet
200 Nguyễn Công Trứ, Phường 8, Thành phố Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
Many people who visit La Viet says they make it feel like a private tour where you get interesting information on the coffee process but also about the different type of coffee brewing machines. If you aren’t used to drinking coffee, let alone brew it, this can be especially interesting for you if you’re planning on buying one. La Viet is also a coffee shop so after the tour you will have plenty of chances to try their delicious coffee. Everything that’s sold there comes from their own coffee beans, so this is a unique chance for you to drink the same coffee that you’ve seen out in the plantations.
2. K’Ho Coffee
Lát, Lạc Dương District, Lam Dong, Vietnam
Support the ethnic minority and head to this coffee plantation where locals are being employed. They strive for an organic and sustainable approach for their arabica coffee, which is a reason alone to list K’Ho Coffee as one of the best, and ethically right, coffee plantation tours you can take. It’s best approached with a motorbike and it takes about 20 min to get there from Dalat. Come here if you want to experience a more personal and small tour, where they won’t try to sell you anything, but rather want you to learn about their organic approach and the goals of the plantation. Get the chance to talk to locals here who will be more than happy to talk to you over some fresh coffee. The plantation is perfectly located as well, deep in nature where you can take all of Vietnam’s beautiful landscape in.
3. Son Pacamara Farm
Phường 5, Thành phố Đà Lạt, Lam Dong, Vietnam
Uncle Son is the coffee farmer who owns this wonderful farm, about 20 minutes away from Dalat by car. If you’re a big coffee fan, this tour might be perfect for you. All of the people working there are extremely passionate about coffee and you will be too after the tour. On this tour you’ll get to know more about the coffee varieties they have: Bourbon, Mundo Novo, Pacamara and Typica. After you’ll learn about the grinding and brewing process, coffee dripping and how to make the “perfect cup of coffee”. Of course, you will have plenty of opportunities to try the coffee on the spot as well. A truly spectacular tour where you not only will learn more about coffee culture in Vietnam, but get to know some locals and their lives in the highlands at the same time. An opportunity you simply shouldn’t say no to! Make sure that you reach out on their Facebook page and ask if they have any tours available when you want to go.
Before embarking on a journey to Vietnam, remember to apply for a Vietnam visa in order to enter the country. You have two options: Visa on Arrival (VOA) or go to your nearest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate and apply for a visa there. There is a third option as well, which is the E-visa and will grant you a 30 day, single-entry, visa. However, this is only available for certain countries yet.